US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola-hit West Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to commit 3,000 military troops to go to West Africa as part of a major new effort to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

The initiative is expected to see 17 new treatment facilities built in the region and a command centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The World Health Organisation announced that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to at least 2,296 out of 4,293 cases.

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Liberia 'suspends all football activity' as Ebola spreads

Liberia has suspended all football activity in an effort to prevent the spreading the deadly Ebola virus, it has been reported.

Liberian Football Association President Musa Hassan Bility told the BBC that all football activity had been indefinitely suspended to protect players and fans as there was "a risk of infection because football is a contact sport".

Mr Bility said the association had written to football governing body Fifa, asking it to call off two visits to Liberia planned for August and September.

Children play football at Paynesville, DuPort Road area, in Monrovia. Credit: Reuters

Ebola, which spreads through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids, is believed to have killed 672 people in West Africa.

A major regional airliner Asky has suspended flights to and from Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the growing concern over the spread of the virus.

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