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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British Ebola victim 'made a mistake,' says colleague

Ebola-stricken medic William Pooley "made a mistake" when he was working hard to help patients in Sierra Leone, his workmate suggested, as he paid tribute to the volunteer nurse.

It's a very honourable thing. He saw the need. He read about our nurses who were unfortunately dying there and took it on himself to come over and volunteer and learned how to be as safe as he could.

But when you work hard like that, when you put in so many hours, you're going to make a mistake and unfortunately that seems to have happened in this case.

– Dr Robert Garry, an American colleague of British ebola victim William Pooley

Ebola is highly infectious, but health chiefs said the risk to the British public "remains very low".

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