International community gathers at Ebola conference

Key figures from the international community will gather in London to discuss how to stop the Ebola crisis ravaging west Africa.

Participating countries will meet to discuss what can be done to slow the worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has so far claimed more than 3,000 lives, according to the World Health Organisation.

Sierra Leone and the UK are expected to urge officials to contribute extra funding for extra hospital beds and staff.

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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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