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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Spanish priest and two missionaries contract Ebola

A priest and two other missionaries have tested positive for Ebola, Spain's Defense Ministry has confirmed. Officials said a medically-equipped Airbus 310 was ready to fly to Liberia to repatriate a Spanish missionary priest who has tested positive for the Ebola virus.

The priest, Miguel Pajares, is one of three missionaries being kept in isolation at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia who has tested positive for the virus. Spain's San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Catholic humanitarian group that runs hospitals around the world, AP reported.

The other two infected aid workers were identified as Chantal Pascaline Mutwamene of Congo and Paciencia Melgar from Equatorial Guinea. Three other missionaries tested negative.

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