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Peace Corps Evacuates Its Workers Over Ebola
2 Americans in isolation as a precaution because of contact with infected person
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2014 6:10 PM CDT
Medical personnel care for Ebola patients on the outskirts of Kenema, Sierra Leone.   (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

(Newser) – The Peace Corps is evacuating its volunteers from the three nations in West Africa hit hard by the Ebola epidemic, reports CNN. The 340 Americans will be returning to the US from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea as the outbreak worsens. In fact, two Peace Corps workers must remain behind in isolation because they had contact with an infected person, though neither has shown symptoms, says the group. The move comes as health officials try to contain the disease to West Africa. Today, Liberia shut down all its schools, sent home non-essential government workers for three weeks, and dispatched troops to enforce quarantines in some communities, reports the BBC.

"My fellow Liberians, Ebola is real, Ebola is contagious and Ebola kills," said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "Denying that the disease exists is not doing your part, so keep yourselves and your loved ones safe." With 670 deaths and counting, the outbreak is now the largest in history, reports the AP. "This epidemic is without precedent," says the director of Doctors Without Borders. "It's absolutely not under control, and the situation keeps worsening."

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baldpirate
Jul 31, 2014 11:21 AM CDT
Nothing like waiting till the last darn minute to evacuate those who are volunteer's ! ! !
Corsica
Jul 31, 2014 7:46 AM CDT
We all gonna die!
Mark Dreher
Jul 31, 2014 12:53 AM CDT
"The Ebola Plaque", is the plague mentioned in the bible, at Revelation 6:7-8. i.e. when Jesus comes.. The Tribulation, begins. And 25% of the earth, dies. "The Fourth Seal". The Fourth Seal--Death 7When the Lamb (the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ) broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come." 8 "And I looked, and behold, I saw a pale horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death, and all Hell followed along with him. And authority was given unto him over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword (my tongue), and with famine, and with pestilence, and with the wild beasts of the earth". Revelation 6:7-8. Bad people, mostly. I have no inherit interest, to get rid of "the good people". I am here, to get "the people who do not say grace". They're gonna die. And Good riddance.