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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Sierra Leone healthcare system 'very strained'

The healthcare system in Sierra Leone is under strain, director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool has said, after it was announced that a British national with Ebola would be repatriated. Professor Tom Solomon said:

We do have facilities in the UK for caring for people with haemorrhagic fevers.

There is a high-level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London which is very well set up for things like this.

The medical services in Sierra Leone are very strained at the minute.

– Professor Tom Solomon

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