US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola-hit West Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to commit 3,000 military troops to go to West Africa as part of a major new effort to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

The initiative is expected to see 17 new treatment facilities built in the region and a command centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The World Health Organisation announced that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to at least 2,296 out of 4,293 cases.

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German nationals urged to leave West Africa

Germany is urging its nationals to leave West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

The government's crisis management group met this morning to discuss West Africa and the Ebola virus. It decided to request all German citizens in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to leave.

– German Foreign Ministry spokesman

The spokesman added that the request does not apply to medical workers or German diplomatic staff and embassies will remain open.

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