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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Obama group to examine experimental Ebola drugs

The use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus will be considered by a working group set up by President Barack Obama's administration, according to a White House official.

A microscopic view of the Ebola virus. Credit: PA.

The group will consider broad "principles of decision-making" for the potential use of the drugs said the official from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

It will be led by Dr. Nicole Lurie the under assistant HHS Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

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