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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Nigeria declares a state of emergency over Ebola crisis

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a national state of emergency over the Ebola outbreak, according to a government spokesperson.

The West African nation's leader has also approved $11.6 million in emergency funds to help fight the disease.

Nigeria has confirmed seven cases of Ebola since a man fell sick on arrival from Liberia, two of whom have died. Several dozens of people who came into contact with the man are also under surveillance.

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