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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Ebola fears force Nigerian clinic closure

Nigeria's state oil company has taken the "pre-emptive step" of shutting down its own clinic in the country's capital Lagos, after a suspected Ebola case was admitted there.

A microscopic view of the Ebola virus. Credit: PA

A spokesperson for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said the patient had also visited a medical facility where the country's first case of Ebola was recorded.

Describing the closure as a "premptive step," Ohi Alegbe said: "All contacts with this case are being traced and adequate precautionary measures instituted to contain the possible spread of the disease."

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