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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Fears Ebola has 'spread to Congo after 10 people die'

There are fears Ebola could have spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo after 10 people died from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms, local officials said.

The deceased, which included four health workers, lived in a remote part of the northern Equateur province of Boende. The country has now sent its health minister and a team of experts to the area to confirm if it is the deadly virus.

Michel Wangi, a spokesman for the governor' office, said: "An illness is spreading in Boende but we don't know the origin."

So far the disease has killed more than 1,200 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

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