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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Calls for calm in Donegal after suspected Ebola death

The Mayor and MP of Co Donegal have called for calm after health bosses revealed they were testing the body of a man for Ebola.

The 43-year-old, named locally as Dessie Quinn, was found dead this morning having recently returned from Sierra Leone, which is in the grip of an epidemic of the virus.

It is unconfirmed that it is Ebola at this stage and even if it was confirmed the chances of it being passed on to anyone else are very small so people shouldn't panic.

It's a big shock in the area. I know the family well and our thoughts are with them.

– John Campbell, Donegal Mayor

And Donegal Teachta Dála - the Irish equivalent of an MP - Thomas Pringle urged people to wait until the test results have returned.

This is a sudden tragic death and because this man worked in Africa the Health Service Executive (HSE) have to take precautions. I think we should Given the media attention about Ebola over the last while it is important that people do not panic or worry about it until we hear from the HSE.

– Thomas Pringle, Donegal TD

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