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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US Ebola pair to arrive back in America for treatment

Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola are due to arrive back in the US for treatment this week.

The Emory University Hospital in Atlanta where the pair will be treated. Credit: Reuters

One will arrive today in a small private jet outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases.

The second is to arrive a few days later, doctors at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, where they will be treated in a high security isolation unit, said.

It is the first time anyone infected with the disease has been brought into the country but US officials are confident they can be treated without putting the public at risk.

The two Americans have been named as Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. Both worked for US missionary groups in Liberia that treated Ebola patients.

It has not been revealed which of them will be flown home first.

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