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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Health officials: West Africa Ebola toll hits 1,229

Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak have risen to 2,240 this year, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

The organisation said it is working with the UN's World Food Programme to ensure food delivery to 1 million people living in Ebola quarantine zones in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

"Food has been delivered to hospitalised patients and people under quarantine who are not able to leave their homes to purchase food. Providing regular food supplies is a potent means of limiting unnecessary movement," WHO said in a statement.

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