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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Ebola survivor doctor calls for action over outbreak

The US doctor who has survived the deadly Ebola virus has called for continuing support for people affected - and urged those in charge to do "everything possible" to tackle the outbreak in West Africa.

Dr Kent Brantly was discharged today, and said his family will be going away to 'reconnect and recover' physically and emotionally after spending more than a month apart while he underwent intensive treatment.

Dr Kent Brantly has been released from hospital Credit: AP Direct

In a statement at Emory University Hospital, he thanked charity Samaritans Purse, the doctors and staff at the hospital and everyone who sent their support while he battled the disease.

I'm glad for any attention my sickness has attracted to the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic.

Please continue to pray for Liberia, and the people of West Africa, and encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.

– Dr Kent Brantly, Ebola survivor

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