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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Senegalese WHO worker infected with Ebola

A government source in Sierra Leone said the World Health Organisation worker who contracted Ebola in the country was a Senegalese expert working for the WHO in the eastern town of Kailahun, Reuters news agency reported.

The WHO said it was the first time one of its healthcare workers had tested positive for the deadly virus.

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