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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Increase in Ebola cases in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has confirmed there has been a rise in the number of cases of Ebola in the country.

Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says there are 11 cases of the virus - an increase of one from the last count. The latest case was someone in Lagos who had contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who was the first victim of the disease.

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