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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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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