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Family of US Embassy Employees in Sierra Leone Relocated

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:18:01 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FREETOWN, Sierra Leone) -- The U.S. State Department ordered the relocation of the family members of all employees at the U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone on Thursday, citing lack of options for routine health care because of the continuing Ebola outbreak.

The decision was made "out of an abundance of caution," according to a statement from State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf. The department remains "deeply committed" to supporting the nation and region in their efforts to contain and control the Ebola outbreak that has killed over 1,000 people.

The State Department decision may not have been made due to a heightened concern about Americans contracting Ebola, but rather because more routine health care is unlikely to be available as medical personnel deal with the outbreak.

It was not immediately made clear where the family members will be relocated to.

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