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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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.

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