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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WHO: Ebola outbreak is an extraordinary event

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is an extraordinary event and a public health risk to other states, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

West Africa is struggling to contain the deadly virus as the death toll rises. Credit: Reuters

All states with Ebola transmission should declare a national emergency but international trade and travel should not be stopped because of the outbreak, the health body said.

WHO added that the possible consequences of a further international spread of the virus was "particularly serious" due to the virulence of Ebola.

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