First confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with with the disease.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of a total 6,574 cases, the World Health Organisation has said.

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World Food Programme 'scaling up' Liberia's Ebola crisis

Two food trucks with provisions for thousands of families stuck went into quarantine areas as the country battles to control an Ebola epidemic that has so far claimed over 1,200 people in the region.

As part of the increased international response, the World Food Programme is stepping up emergency food deliveries to the quarantined areas, which include severely affected regions such as Bomi and Foya in Liberia.

Etienne Christopher Saint-Jean, the WFP national logistics officer, said: "The operation had been quite intense, and we intend to scale up when the need arises."

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