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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Border staff 'unprepared' to deal with Ebola victims

Border staff do not feel adequately prepared to deal with the possibility of people with Ebola coming to the UK and need more information about the threat, a union leader said.

Union members were not confident over what to do if they suspected someone of being sick. Credit: DPA

Immigration Service Union general secretary Lucy Moreton said the union's members were very concerned and were not confident over what to do if they suspected someone of being sick.

She told BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight programme: "They serve on the front line; they are the first point of contact usually for people coming off an aircraft and the concern is what do they do if they're confronted with someone that doesn't appear well who appears at the border.

"There is no health facility at the border, there is no containment facility and until extremely recently there has been no guidance issued to staff at all as to what they should do."

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