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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Airlines suspends flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone

Kenya Airways has announced it will suspend flights to Liberia's capital Monrovia and Sierra Leone's capital Freetown due to the Ebola outbreak.

The suspension will begin at midnight on 19 August. The carrier, which is part-owned by Air France-KLM, flies a total of seven times a week to the two cities through Accra.

The company said it has taken the decision on the advice of Kenya's Ministry of Health. The ministry earlier said four suspected cases of Ebola in Kenya had tested negative for the virus.

Kenya Airways said all passengers booked on the suspended flights would get a full refund. The airline has been transporting medical staff, supplies and equipment for management of the outbreak in some West African states.

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