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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MSF: Ebola fight 'will take six months'

It will take "about six months" to get the upper hand on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the president of health organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres has said.

Joanne Liu, president of Medecins Sans Frontieres. Credit: RTV

Joanne Liu told a news briefing in Geneva after a 10-day trip to the region: "If we don't stabilise Liberia, we will never stabilise the region.

"Over the next six months we should get the upper hand on the epidemic. This is my gut feeling," she said.

Liu added that the World Health Organisation "needs to take leadership" of the situation and said more experts were needed on the ground.

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