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British PM Cameron joins Ebola talks with US President Obama


British Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron is to speak with US president Barack Obama, as well as the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, about international efforts to counter the outbreak of Ebola.

The discussion, by conference call this afternoon, comes as it was revealed that a second US health care worker had tested positive for the illness, which has already claimed almost 4,500 lives, mainly in west Africa.

Downing Street said it believes Britain has "robust" measures in place to protect the UK against the spread of Ebola, including screening procedures at Heathrow Airport.

Today's hour-long video call between Mr Cameron, Mr Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and Italian PM Matteo Renzi is expected also to touch on the struggle against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria as well as the crisis in Ukraine, but will focus mainly on the Ebola outbreak, said Number 10.

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