First confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with with the disease.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of a total 6,574 cases, the World Health Organisation has said.

View all 299 updates ›

Health officials: Number of Ebola cases is rocketing

The number of Ebola cases has risen more this week than any other week since the epidemic began, health officials have warned.

The World Health Organisation labelled the latest figures as a clear sign the outbreak is spiralling out of control, saying it was an "international health emergency".

A new mobile laboratory has opened this week in Sierra Leone's capital city Freetown to test local cases, with the aim of speeding up the response time.

It has also unveiled a £296 million ($490m) plan to try to contain the epidemic.

More on this story