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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Hospital where 3 US aid workers caught Ebola 'overrun'

The hospital in Liberia where three American aid workers contracted Ebola has been overwhelmed by a surge in patients, one of the US victims who survived the deadly virus said.

Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol with her husband David. Credit: Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer/MCT/ABACAPRESS.COM

Missionary workers Nancy Writebol and her husband David said the facility does not have enough hazard suits and other supplies to keep doctors and nurses safe.

Mr Writebol said: "We don't have enough personal protective safety equipment to adequately be able to safely diagnose if a patient has Ebola so they are putting themselves at risk."

The latest infection of Dr Rick Sacra, an obstetrician who was not even working in the hospital's Ebola unit, shows just how critical protective gear, the couple added.

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