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Blood products may offer early help, while vaccines may be ready in November.
The latest WHO update shows a 20% increase in cases as the organization convenes a meeting of experts to discuss experimental drugs and vaccines.
The man infected at least two other people, and officials again stressed urgent steps.
Ebola has struck the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but authorities say it is not the same strain as in West Africa.
As West Africa's Ebola toll climbed by 142 cases and 77 deaths, the WHO conceded that the size of the epidemic has been underestimated.
The WHO voiced concern about Ebola-related bans on flights to outbreak countries and other African nations.
As deaths top 1,000, a panel says it's ethical to use unlicensed drugs, vaccines.
In recent days, Guinea closed its borders, and suspected cases in Canada and Saudi Arabia were ruled out.
Along with the agency's declaration came an emergency committee's list of steps to limit disease spread.
An official of a leading aid group asserts that inaction by the rest of the world has let the disease get out of control.
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