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Ebola Spurs U.S. to Order Some to Leave Sierra Leone

Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Family members of employees at the U.S. embassy in Sierra Leone were told to leave as the Ebola outbreak spreads throughout the country.

“The Embassy recommended this step out of an abundance of caution, following the determination by the Department’s Medical Office that there is a lack of options for routine health-care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak,” Marie Harf, a spokeswoman at the U.S. Department of State, said today in a statement.

More than 1,000 people have died in the current Ebola epidemic, according to the World Health Organization. The virus has spread through Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and recently reached Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.

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