First confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with with the disease.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of a total 6,574 cases, the World Health Organisation has said.

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Ethics debate over experimental Ebola drug

There is no known cure to Ebola Credit: PA

The World Health Organization has organised a panel of medical ethicists to discuss the use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus.

Currently, there is no registered medicine or vaccine against the virus, but several experimental options under development.

There are questions about whether medicine that has never been tested and shown to be safe in people should be used in the outbreak in West Africa.

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