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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Banks pledge £154m to help stop the spread of Ebola

International banks have pledged $260m (£154m) in emergency loans for the three West African countries hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

Health workers at an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone Credit: Reuters

The World Bank said it would provide as much as $200m (£118m) to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in a statement: "The international community needs to act fast to contain and stop this Ebola outbreak."

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka told Reuters his bank would immediately disburse funds to the three countries, whose systems are strained by the epidemic.

The worst outbreak of Ebola ever has killed nearly 900 people since it began in February.

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