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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Fears Ebola could spread after hospital looted

Liberia is already in a state of emergency following the worst Ebola outbreak ever. Credit: Reuters

Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents looted a quarantine centre for suspected patients, the Associated Press reports.

Blood-stained sheets, mattresses and medical equipment are among the items taken, according to assistant health minister Tolbert Nyenswah.

He said: "All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients," adding that he now feared "the whole of West Point will be infected."

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