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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UK health officials urged to look out for ebola signs

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Health professionals are being urged to keep vigilant for signs of the deadly ebola virus amid fears that it could spread to the UK.

Public Health England has briefed border officials and airport staff on the symptoms and issued an urgent warning to doctors after an infected man was able to make multiple flights from Liberia to Nigeria, where he died.

The latest outbreak is the largest in history and has killed more than 670 people in the west African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, including a doctor who was treating patients.

The disease can have a fatality rate of up to 90%, and there is no treatment or vaccine

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