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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Suspected Ebola patient tests negative in Canada

A patient suspected of carrying the Ebola virus has tested negative for the disease after days of monitoring by a hospital in Canada.

The hospital where the patient was being treated. Credit: Reuters

The patient who travelled to Canada from Nigeria, where a state of emergency has been declared because of the virus, was put in isolation after showing flu-like symptoms and fever.

They had been isolated at the Brampton, Ontario hospital as a precautionary measure, but have now been given the all clear.

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said in a statement: "I can now confirm a recent case that underwent testing at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg was found to test negative for Ebola virus disease,"

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