WHO: Ebola death toll rises to more than 2,700

A total of 2,793 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported 5,762 cases across five countries, but said the Ebola outbreak was "pretty much contained" in Senegal and Nigeria.

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Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from the virus

A doctor credited with treating more than 100 patients in Sierra Leone's fight against the Ebola outbreak has died after contracting virus himself, the country's chief medical officer said.

Sheik Umar Khan was credited with treating more than 100 Ebola patients. Credit: Reuters

Sheik Umar Khan was infected this month and had been moved to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in the far north of the country.

But Brima Kargbo said today that Umar Khan had passed away.

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