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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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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