US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola-hit West Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to commit 3,000 military troops to go to West Africa as part of a major new effort to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

The initiative is expected to see 17 new treatment facilities built in the region and a command centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The World Health Organisation announced that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to at least 2,296 out of 4,293 cases.

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WHO: Ebola outbreak of 'unprecedented scale'

Health experts urgently need to combat the Ebola outbreak, which is of an "unprecedented" scale, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

The WHO director-general has announced plans to meet with presidents of West African nations affected by the disease tomorrow, the group said in a statement.

A joint $100 million response plan was also announced to bring the outbreak under control.

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