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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UK universities 'on alert' over Ebola outbreak

Universities in the UK have been put on alert to be ready for a potential outbreak of the Ebola virus when the new term starts in September.

According to the Independent on Sunday,Universities UK, the umbrella body that represents vice-chancellors, has written to every university giving detailed guidance on how to deal with an outbreak.

Nigerian custom officers wearing face masks and gloves screen passengers arriving at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Credit: Reuters

The guidance makes it clear that anyone suspected of having Ebola should immediately be isolated in a side room away from any staff or student contact.

The issue is very much on universities' radars. We circulated to universities the publicly available guidance on the topic.

– Spokesman, Universities UK

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