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Cameron calls on EU to double Ebola funding

David Cameron has called for EU leaders to double their funding in the fight against Ebola to £800 million.

It comes after one of the doctors who discovered the virus, Professor Peter Piot, said the rest of Europe was not doing enough to tackle the epidemic.

Downing Street said the current total contribution from the EU was just £400 million.

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UK pledges further £3 million towards Ebola fight

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has pledged a further £3 million to countries and organisations fighting the Ebola virus after chairing an emergency meeting to discuss limiting the spread of the virus.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired a COBR meeting on Ebola. Credit: ITV News

The money, which takes the total UK contribution to £5 million, will be used to help the World Health Organisation, Unicef and the International Rescue Committee to limit the virus' spread.

It will also go towards strengthening the health systems in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “Medical advice remains that the risk to the UK is very low. The UK has an established, well-tested system to deal with any known or suspected imported case of this disease....The UK will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

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