First confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with with the disease.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of a total 6,574 cases, the World Health Organisation has said.

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Possible Ebola treatment to be reviewed by ethicists

An experimental treatment for the Ebola virus will be explored by a panel of medical ethics experts next week, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A microscopic view of the Ebola virus. Credit: PA

The organisation's assistant director-general, Marie-Paule Kieny said: "We are in an unusual situation in this outbreak. We have a disease with a high fatality rate without any proven treatment or vaccine."

She added: "We need to ask the medical ethicists to give us guidance on what the responsible thing to do is."

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