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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Red Cross launches aid appeal for African Ebola crisis

The Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to help people in three African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Medecins sans Frontieres staff in Sierra Leone don protective clothing at a treatment centre in Kailahun Credit: Reuters

Mandeep Mudhar, a British Red Cross official, said: "This outbreak shows no signs of abating, but we are doing everything we can to prevent new infections and help raise awareness about the disease."

At least 826 people have been killed by the incurable virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Libera, while more than 1,400 have been infected.

Hundreds of troops have been deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia today in a bid to tackle rising panic among local communities.

The African Development Bank said today it will provide $50 million (£30 million) immediately to help tackle the worsening Ebola crisis in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, while the World Bank is expected to announce further aid to tackle the crisis later this week.

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