US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola-hit West Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to commit 3,000 military troops to go to West Africa as part of a major new effort to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

The initiative is expected to see 17 new treatment facilities built in the region and a command centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The World Health Organisation announced that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to at least 2,296 out of 4,293 cases.

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Cured British Ebola patient 'lucky to be alive'

The British man who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leonne has made a full recovery, and was discharged from hospital earlier today.

Read: William Pooley thanks staff for world class care in London

William Pooley was treated with an experimental new drug. He says he has no regrets about travelling to west Africa and was humbled by the heroism he witnessed there.

Health Editor Catherine Jones reports:

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