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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New Ebola drugs under review at world health summit

Potential treatments and vaccines for the deadly Ebola virus will be discussed at meetings between world health experts in Geneva next month.

The World Health Organisation said the talks, on September 4 and 5, will review the safety and efficacy of various experimental therapies, as well as ways to speed up clinical trials and production.

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