Ebola death toll rises to above 2,600

More than 2,600 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported more than 5,000 cases across west Africa, describing the crisis as "unparalleled in modern times".

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Ebola outbreak 'not under control', health chief warns

The Ebola virus is "clearly not yet under control", the director of global health at Public Health England has said, having earlier told the Independent it was the most "acute health emergency" facing Britain

Medical staff take a blood sample from a suspected Ebola patient in Sierra Leone. Credit: Reuters

Dr Brian McCloskey said in a statement that the continuing increase in cases is a "cause for concern".

However, he added that the risk to UK travellers and people working in affected countries is "very low" as contracting it requires direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person.

"People who have returned from affected areas who have a sudden onset of symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat and general malaise within three weeks of their return should immediately seek medical assistance," he said.

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