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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Medical charity slams international response to Ebola

Doctors Without Borders (DWB) have heavily criticised the international community's response to the growing Ebola crisis in west Africa, describing it as "lethally inadequate".

Medical staff working with DWB prepare to bring food to Ebola patients kept in Sierra Leone. Credit: REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

DWB or Medicine Sans Frontiere has called on countries more capable of dealing with large outbreaks to send medical staff.

During a speech to the UN, DWB President Dr. Joanne Liu warned volunteers would not be able to contain the outbreak on their own.

She said: "Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat.

"The WHO announcement on August 8 that the epidemic constituted a 'public health emergency of international concern' has not led to decisive action, and states have essentially joined a global coalition of inaction."

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