US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola-hit West Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to commit 3,000 military troops to go to West Africa as part of a major new effort to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

The initiative is expected to see 17 new treatment facilities built in the region and a command centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The World Health Organisation announced that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to at least 2,296 out of 4,293 cases.

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Zambia to block travellers from Ebola-affected countries

Zambia says it will restrict entry of travellers from countries affected by the Ebola virus and would ban Zambians from travelling to those countries, in one of the strictest moves yet by a southern African country against the deadly virus.

Guinea also announced the closure of its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, a virus that has killed nearly 1,000 people in the three countries this year.

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