First confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with with the disease.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of a total 6,574 cases, the World Health Organisation has said.

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213 people in Nigeria under Ebola observation

Nigeria's Health Ministry says a total of 213 people are under surveillance as part of efforts to monitor anyone who may have been exposed to Ebola.

Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says out of 14 people in the country who are confirmed to have been infected with the virus, five have died, five recovered and were discharged from hospital, while another four are being treated in isolation in Lagos.

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