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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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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