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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US doctor treated for Ebola is released from hospital

US doctor Kent Brantly has been released from hospital after being treated for Ebola with an experimental drug. Credit: Samaritan's Purse

The US doctor who was airlifted back to America after contracting the Ebola virus in West Africa has been released from hospital, his charity the Samaritan's Purse confirmed today.

Dr Kent Brantly contracted Ebola earlier this month after flying to Liberia to treat patients with the disease.

He was treated with ZMapp, a trial drug used on a handful of patients in the outbreak, and flown to the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

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