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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First European person with Ebola dies

The Spanish Air Force plane used to transport Father Miguel Pajares Credit: Reuters

The first European person infected by a strain of Ebola that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa, has died.

Spanish priest Miguel Pajares died in hospital, according to a spokeswoman from Madrid health authorities.

Pajares, 75, was airlifted from Liberia on August 7 after contracting the disease while working for a non-governmental organisation in the African country.

He was repatriated with co-worker Juliana Bohi, a nun who has tested negative for the disease.

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