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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Ebola survivors being trained to care for isolation kids

The United Nations has begun training Ebola survivors to help respond to the outbreak in West Africa, because their ordeal means they are immune to the disease.

Twenty Ebola survivors have been trained to work in new centres in Liberia and another 30 are set to follow them, with the main aim to support young children being kept in isolation for 21 days after having contact with infected people, often their family members.

The Ebola outbreak has left an estimated 3,700 orphans across West Africa. Credit: Christopher Black/WHO/Reuters

Ms Crowe said survivors can offer the love and attention a small child needs after Ebola has turned large parts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea into a no-touch culture.

While survivors will still largely follow a 'no-touch' protocol for older children, they will be able to touch and hold infants who need more personal attention and care.

– Unicef's crisis communications chief Sarah Crowe

At least one UN centre is expected to open within a month in each of Liberia's five most affected counties after the first centre was established on the outskirts of the nation's capital, Monrovia.

Ebola expert: Europe is not doing enough to help UK

One of the scientists who discovered the Ebola virus has told ITV News that the rest of Europe is not doing enough to support the UK's efforts in fighting the outbreak in West Africa.

Professor Peter Piot's claim was backed up by Prime Minister David Cameron, who called on other nations to "look at their responsibilities" and "step forward" with resources.

ITV News Correspondent Carl Dinnen met the families of a 380-strong British crew who today set sail on a Royal Navy medical ship to take vital resources to help battle the spread of the epidemic in Sierra Leone.


Obama keeping an 'open mind' on Ebola travel bans

US President Barack Obama is willing to keep an "open mind" on whether to establish travel bans to help contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus, the White House has said.

A spokesperson said Mr Obama will not establish a ban at this point but has it as an option as he evaluates the changing circumstances in his response to the epidemic.

Loaded UK ship sets sail to play lead role in Ebola fight

A British medical ship carrying three Merlin helicopters and a crew of around 380 has set off on a long journey south to help bolster the UK's effort in the international fight against the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Those on board the Royal Navy hospital ship RFA Argus will face strict rules to keep the ship "sterile" before it reaches its destination in November to play a pivotal role in supporting the efforts already being conducted by British army medics in West Africa.

RFA Argus sailed from its moorings in Falmouth Docks in Cornwall shortly after lunchtime. Credit: Ministry of Defence
The crew on board the Argus are banned from going ashore on leave during up to three months of deployment to keep the ship protected. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Members of the Royal Navy bid farewell to the crew, which includes 80 medics and 80 Royal Marines. Credit: Ministry of Defence

WHO 'admits botching attempt to stop Ebola outbreak'

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reportedly admitted it "botched" its attempt to stop West Africa's Ebola outbreak spreading.

In a draft internal document, obtained by the Associated Press, the WHO noted its experts failed to realise the traditional containment methods in place in the region were not appropriate to stop the spread of the virus.

The document reportedly read: "Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall."


Vomiting tourist 'causes Ebola scare at the Pentagon'

Part of the Pentagon's car park has been cordoned off after a vomiting tourist reportedly sparked an Ebola scare.

A team dressed in protective hazmat suits were dispatched to the US Defence Department headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, as a precaution after responding medics learned the woman had recently travelled to the US from Africa, local news site reported.

The touring group had arrived to visit the Pentagon Memorial when the woman fell ill. Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

The woman was reportedly taken to a local hospital while a significant section of the Pentagon's southern car park was taped off and non-Pentagon workers told to avoid the area.

Texas nurse Nina Pham in 'fair' condition after transfer

The condition of US nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a patient with the virus, is "fair" and she is "stable" after being transferred from Dallas to a special clinical studies unit in Maryland.

Doctors at the hospital in Maryland said patient confidentiality meant they could not explain why Nina Pham's condition is fair.

Doctors at the hospital, which is outside of Washington DC, confirmed at a news conference that Ms Pham - who has been referred to as 'Nurse 1' in media reports - is "resting comfortably".

Ms Pham is one of two nurses in Texas who contracted the virus while treating an Ebola patient. The other, Amber Vinson, is continuing her treatment in Atlanta.

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