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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Liberians stock up after Ebola measures announced

Worried Liberians queued at banks and stocked up on food after the country's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced a 90-day state of emergency to fight the deadly Ebola Virus.

Lining up in the countries capital Monrovia, many were worried about the new measures which allow the government to curtail civil rights and police can impose quarantines on badly affected communities to try to contain the epidemic.

Civil servant Cephus Togba said: "Everyone is afraid this morning. Big and small they are all panicking. Everyone is stocking up the little they have."

Soldiers and police have already blockaded rural areas in Sierra Leone hit by the virus.

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