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: 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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