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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Doctor is second confirmed Nigerian case of Ebola

The doctor who treated the first Ebola victim in Nigeria has contracted the deadly disease, authorities have confirmed.

Nigerian health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said three others who also treated Liberian-American victim Patrick Sawyer, who died on July 25 days after arriving in Nigeria from Liberia, are now showing symptoms.

Their tests results are pending, he added.

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