Ebola outbreak could infect '1.4 million' by January

The worst Ebola outbreak on record is now projected to infect up to 1.4 million by January 2015, according to scientists and studying the deadly virus.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of a total 6,574 cases, the World Health Organisation has said.

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Ebola: World leaders must 'act before it is too late'

International development organisation Plan International says the outbreak of the Ebola virus is a "health crisis with global dimensions".

Dr Unni Krishnan, the body's head of disaster preparedness and response, said: "The arrival of Ebola in the most populous city in Africa is a wake-up call."

Ebola is no longer a regional crisis - it has become a health crisis with global dimensions. The international community needs to act now before it is too late.

The countries battling Ebola are among the poorest in the world and the public health systems across West Africa are fragile. The impacted countries desperately need financial and technical assistance to avoid a catastrophic situation.

– Dr Unni Krishnan, Plan International

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