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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Ebola missionaries face three weeks in quarantine

Missionaries and other Americans who have worked with Ebola victims in Africa will be forced to spend three weeks in quarantine when they return to the United States.

Volunteers bury a victim of Ebola in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. Credit: Tarik Jasarevi/Reuters

Health officials said the move was a precaution against the spread of the deadly viral disease, which has struck Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Missionaries from the Christian aid groups SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse have been working to help combat the world's worst outbreak of the disease.

Two of the relief workers contracted the disease and were being cared for at Emory University in Georgia.

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