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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Ebola outbreak 'moving faster than efforts to control it'

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa is moving faster than efforts to control it, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

Director-general of WHO Dr Margaret Chan claimed governments may need to impose restrictions on population movements and public gatherings in order to contain the deadly virus, which has killed 729 people.

Director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Margaret Chan. Credit: Reuters

An emergency committee will meet next week to decide if the crisis constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern".

Speaking to the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, Chan said the virus can be contained but the severity of the issue has outstripped their countries' capacity to respond.

Police may also have to be used to guarantee the safety of Ebola response teams, Chan added.

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