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Cameron calls on EU to double Ebola funding

David Cameron has called for EU leaders to double their funding in the fight against Ebola to £800 million.

It comes after one of the doctors who discovered the virus, Professor Peter Piot, said the rest of Europe was not doing enough to tackle the epidemic.

Downing Street said the current total contribution from the EU was just £400 million.

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Fears Ebola virus 'could mutate' if not controlled soon

There are fears the deadly Ebola virus could mutate if it is not brought under control soon.

Ebola has already killed more than 1,900, including 400 in the past week. Credit: Reuters

Dr Thomas Kenyon, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the epidemic is now "spiralling out of control" and the window of opportunity for stopping it is closing.

He said: "Guinea did show that with action, they brought it partially under control but unfortunately it is back on the increase now. It's not under control anywhere."

"The longer the outbreak goes uncontained, the greater the possibility the virus could mutate."

While Ebola is transmitted in humans by contact with bodily fluids of the sick, suspected cases of airborne infection have been reported in monkeys in laboratories.

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