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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Saudi man tested for Ebola virus after business trip

A 40-year-old businessman is being tested for the Ebola virus in Saudi Arabia after displaying symptoms of a serious tick-borne viral disease following a trip to Sierra Leone.

The Saudi Ministry of Health said the patient has been taken to an isolated ward at a hospital in Jeddah and is in a critical condition with suspected viral haemorrhagic fever.

The ministry said: "The source of his infection could be one of several viruses, including Ebola virus because of his recent travel to a country in which there is an active outbreak of the disease."

The ministry said while viral haemorrhagic fevers have been found in Saudi Arabia, there has never been a case of Ebola in the Kingdom. Initial tests for the Dengue virus proved negative.

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