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Peace Corps Pulling Volunteers from Ebola-Affected Countries
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:56:40 +0000
(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- The United States Peace Corps is removing all personnel from countries where the Ebola virus has broken out and has placed two of its volunteers in isolation, program officials said Wednesday.
The Peace Corps cited the "increasing" spread of the deadly Ebola virus in its decision to remove volunteers temporarily.
The two Peace Corps volunteers under isolation have no symptoms but had contact with an infected person who later died, officials said.
There are 102 volunteers in Guinea working in the areas of education, agriculture and health, 108 volunteers in Liberia, and 130 volunteers in Sierra Leone working in education in the U.S.-run Peace Corps program.
The Peace Corps news comes hours after a U.S. aid group on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa announced it was evacuating nonessential personnel as two of its workers fight to survive the deadly infection.
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