First confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with with the disease.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of a total 6,574 cases, the World Health Organisation has said.

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Second American Ebola victim to fly home on Monday

An American aid worker who contracted the deadly Ebola virus but remained in Liberia while her colleague returned to the US for treatment will return home on Monday, according to the West African nation's information minister.

Nancy Writebol with her husband David. Credit: SIM.

Nancy Writebol, a 59-year-old mother of two was forced to remain in Liberia, because a specially modified plane could only carry one person at a time.

Her colleague, Dr Kent Bradby flew home on Saturday and his condition is reportedly improving.

However, the Liberian information minister Lewis Brown, said she would likely fly on Monday.

Writebol's husband, David, who had been living and workingin Liberia with his wife, was expected to travel home separately in the next few days, their missionary organization, SIM USA, said in a statement.

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