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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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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