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Cameron calls on EU to double Ebola funding

David Cameron has called for EU leaders to double their funding in the fight against Ebola to £800 million.

It comes after one of the doctors who discovered the virus, Professor Peter Piot, said the rest of Europe was not doing enough to tackle the epidemic.

Downing Street said the current total contribution from the EU was just £400 million.

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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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