US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola-hit West Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to commit 3,000 military troops to go to West Africa as part of a major new effort to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

The initiative is expected to see 17 new treatment facilities built in the region and a command centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The World Health Organisation announced that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to at least 2,296 out of 4,293 cases.

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Priest with Ebola evacuated on specially modified plane

Pictures have been released of the modified plane that was used to evacuate a Spanish priest who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, back to Madrid.

The Spanish Air Force plane used to transport Father Miguel Pajares. Credit: Reuters

The images released by Spain's Ministry of Defense show that the plane which is normally used to transport passengers had to be modified with specialist equipment to prevent the disease spreading.

Specialist equipment inside the Spanish Airforce plane. Credit: Reuters

Father Miguel Pajares, 75, was helping to treat people infected with Ebola when he tested positive for the virus at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia earlier this week.

He is reportedly in stable condition at the Hospital Carlos III in Madrid.

The hospital where Miguel Parejes is being treated. Credit: APTN

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