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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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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