WHO: Ebola death toll rises to more than 2,700

A total of 2,793 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported 5,762 cases across five countries, but said the Ebola outbreak was "pretty much contained" in Senegal and Nigeria.

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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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