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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Ghana to serve as UN base for Ebola supplies

Ghana will serve as a base for supplies to help countries struck by the Ebola outbreak, which has already killed 1,500 people.

The disease began in south-eastern Guinea and spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, with the first case reported in Senegal this week.

A statement from the Ghanaian presidency said President John Dramani Mahama had agreed for his country to be used as a base during a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

"Using [Ghana's capital] Accra as the logistics and coordination centre would...open a vital corridor to get urgently needed supplies and health personnel into the affected countries and areas," the statement said.

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