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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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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