WHO: Ebola death toll rises to more than 2,700

A total of 2,793 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported 5,762 cases across five countries, but said the Ebola outbreak was "pretty much contained" in Senegal and Nigeria.

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Scientist: Foreign diseases 'pose major threat' to Britain

The government's chief scientific advisor says infectious diseases are a "global grand challenge" amid new warnings about the deadly Ebola virus.

Medical staff in protective gear at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. Credit: Reuters

Speaking to the Telegraph, Sir Mark Walport said the increasingly "interconnected" meant such diseases were a "potential major threat" to Britons.

“We were lucky with SARS," he said. "But we have to do the best horizon scanning. We have to think about risk and managing risk appropriately.

“The government is keeping a close eye on the Ebola outbreak and they will be prepared.”

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