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.

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Sierra Leone health chief fired over handling of Ebola

Sierra Leone's Health Minister has been dismissed over her handling of the Ebola epidemic.

President Ernest Bai Koroma fired the minister, Miatta Kargbo, saying she was removed "to create a conducive environment for efficient and effective handling of the Ebola outbreak".

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma (pictured) has dismissed Health Minister Miatta Kargbo Credit: Reuters

She will be replaced by her deputy, Dr Abubakarr Fofanah.

The Ebola virus has killed more than 400 people in Sierra Leone since the outbreak took hold.

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