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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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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