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 was 'warned against' hospital work

William Pooley's boss at a hospice for sufferers of AIDs and cancer in Sierra Leone said that he warned the 29-year-old volunteer nurse not to transfer to a hospital treating Ebola patients.

High level isolation apparatus in the High Secure Infectious Disease Unit at The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London. Credit: PA

The nurse, from Suffolk, wanted to move from the Shepherd’s Hospice in the country's Freetown to a hospital in the east of the country, after hearing that local medical workers treating Ebola patients were fleeing in fear of their lives.

“About five weeks ago he decided to go to a public hospital providing treatment for ebola victims in Kenema, having heard the news that nurses were abandoning patients because they were fearful of contracting the virus,” Gabriel Madiye, the hospice’s executive director, told The Times.

“We granted him the three-week period and after that he came back and said there was a need for him to be there. He informed us about the poor sanitation, the hygiene and how patients were suffering.”

Mr Pooley pleaded to go back, Mr Madiye said.

“I know the risks involved and I really advised that he stay in Freetown and keep reaching patients through the hospice programme, but he said that he wanted to help Ebola patients,” he added.

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