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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Sierra Leone declare health emergency over Ebola

The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency in an attempt to fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola.

Security forces will be used to quarantine epicentres of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said.

Medical staff in Sierra Leone have been battling to contain the virus. Credit: Reuters

He has also cancelled a trip to Washington for a US-Africa summit next week due to the crisis.

The tough measures being brought in are similar to those announced by Liberia on Wednesday.

Some 672 people have died from Ebola across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation.

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