WHO: Ebola death toll rises to more than 2,700

A total of 2,793 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported 5,762 cases across five countries, but said the Ebola outbreak was "pretty much contained" in Senegal and Nigeria.

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Hopes of Ebola cure dampened as virus 'is mutating'

The deadly Ebola virus which has killed hundreds of people in West Africa is mutating at a rate which could hamper efforts to find a cure, researchers have warned.

Genetic studies of some of the earliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone have found more than 300 changes in the virus as it moved from person to person.

The findings, published in Science, suggest current diagnostics and potential treatments and vaccines may struggle to keep up.

The study examined samples from 78 people in Sierra Leone, where the infections could all be traced to one faith healer who claimed to have found a cure, attracting affected patients from Guinea.

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