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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'On a realistic level' the focus is Ebola control, not cure

Despite the use of some experimental Ebola treatments, "on a realistic level" the focus is containment, according to a leading microbiologist.

Professor Mark Fielder, Honorary General Secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology, told Good Morning Britain: "It's a two pronged attack, the world is looking at treatments, the world is looking at therapies but what we are looking at on a realistic level is we're looking at infection control."

It was confirmed on Monday that an experimental drug, not yet tested for safety or effectiveness on humans, will be given to two Liberian doctors infected with the disease.

A clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the deadly virus is set to start shortly, according to British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which is co-developing the product with American scientists.

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