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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Bodies of 'Ebola dead lay on the street for four days'

The bodies of two men lay in the streets of Monrovia for four days after they died of suspected Ebola, residents told Reuters news agency.

Both men had shown signs of having Ebola but frightened locals had refused to take them to hospital.

Information Minister Lewis Brown confirmed that the bodies had now been collected from the Liberian capital, but said they had only been on the streets for a few hours.

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