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Cameron calls on EU to double Ebola funding

David Cameron has called for EU leaders to double their funding in the fight against Ebola to £800 million.

It comes after one of the doctors who discovered the virus, Professor Peter Piot, said the rest of Europe was not doing enough to tackle the epidemic.

Downing Street said the current total contribution from the EU was just £400 million.

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Ebola 'moving faster than we can control it'

The Ebola virus is "moving faster than we can control it" according to the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Margaret Chan. Credit: Reuters

Margaret Chan told reporters on a telephone briefing from the WHO's Geneva headquarters: "The declaration ... will galvanise the attention of leaders of all countries at the top level. It cannot be done by the ministries of health alone."

She added: "The outbreak is moving faster than we can control it."

The agency said all states with Ebola transmission should declare a national emergency in the face of an outbreak it deemed "particularly serious" but there should be no general ban on international travel or trade.

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