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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Royal Free has UK's only high-level isolation unit

The Royal Free Hospital in London is getting ready for the arrival of a British national who tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone.

The hospital has the UK’s only high level isolation unit, used for the treatment of infectious diseases. Opened in 2006, the unit features top medical facilities to contain the infection and treat patients safely:

The High Secure Infectious Disease Unit at The Royal Free Hospital in London. Credit: pa
  • Access to the unit is restricted to the team of specially trained medical staff
  • Specially-designed tent with controlled ventilation is set up around the patient’s bed
  • The unit has a specific entrance for the patient
  • It has autoclaves which decontaminate waste and a dedicated laboratory for carrying out tests
  • All the air leaving the unit is cleaned

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