WHO: Ebola death toll rises to more than 2,700

A total of 2,793 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported 5,762 cases across five countries, but said the Ebola outbreak was "pretty much contained" in Senegal and Nigeria.

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US doctor fighting Ebola writes from hospital bed

The US doctor who was airlifted back to America after contracting the Ebola virus said he was "growing stronger everyday" in a statement written from his hospital isolation room.

US doctor Kent Brantly said he was Credit: Samaritan's Purse

Dr Kent Brantly said he was "receiving the best care possible" at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and he thanked the people who had helped him. The statement was released on the Samaritan's Purse website.

He added that he had moved to Liberia with his wife Amber and two children with the specific intention of treating Ebola, but said he had recently treated an "increasing number" of patients.

He said: "I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand and I can still remember every face and name."

He added that after he had immediately isolated himself after he started to feel ill and had been diagnosed three days later.

Read the statement in full here

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