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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Ebola-hit US doctor can return home to his family

The US doctor who was airlifted back to America after contracting the Ebola virus in West Africa is returning home to his family, health chiefs have said.

Dr Bruce Ribner, from Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit, said Dr Kent Brantly was being discharged after a rigorous course of treatment and testing.

It comes after aid worker Nancy Writebol was previously discharged.

He has recovered from the Ebola virus, and can return to his family, to his community and to his life without public health concern. We are tremendously pleased with Dr Brantly and Ms Writebol's recovery. All of us who worked with them have been impressed by their courage and determination. Their hope and faith have been an inspiration to all of us.

– Dr Bruce Ribner, Emory University Hospital

Dr Ribner said flying the pair back to the US had been the "right decision", and said he hoped what they had learned would contribute to tackling the epidemic in West Africa.

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