First confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with with the disease.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

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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Foreign Secretary to chair Cobra meeting on Ebola

The Foreign Secretary will today chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee to discuss the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Philip Hammond said the Government was treating it as a "serious threat" although it is not believed any British nationals have yet been affected by the virus.

Philip Hammond will chair a Cobra meeting on the Ebola virus later. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He told BBC Radio 5Live: "We do have to treat this as a serious threat, I will be chairing a Cobra committee later on today to look at the impact of the outbreak of the virus."

"What we need to do to protect British citizens abroad in the area any steps that we need to take to ensure that the UK remains safe."

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