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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Chad to close borders with Nigeria in bid to stop Ebola

The African nation of Chad has said it will follow in South Africa's footsteps and introduce travel restrictions to countries suffering from the Ebola outbreak.

Prime Minister Kalzeubet Payimi Deubet said the country would close its border with Nigeria as part of efforts to prevent Ebola from entering the country.

Liberia has quarantined entire neighbourhoods to try to stop the spread of the deadly virus Credit: Reuters

He said the decision would have an "economic impact" on the region, but it was necessary for "public health needs".

It comes after South Africa banned entry to the country to all non-citizens travelling from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, while Liberia has quarantined entire neighbourhoods to try to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

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