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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Ebola vaccine to be trialled on humans 'within weeks'

Human safety trials on an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin in the coming weeks, US health officials are to announce today.

The GlaxoSmithKline experimental vaccine will be tested within weeks, sources say. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The GlaxoSmithKline vaccine will be available for the tests sooner than originally estimated, sources told Reuters.

US officials have also approved the first steps toward using three advanced laboratories to manufacture Ebola vaccines and treatments, the news agency reports.

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