S. Africa Sends 23 Health Workers to Treat Ebola in Sierra Leone

The South African government is to deploy 23 health-care workers to help treat the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone, the government said.

The team, including 20 nurses and three paramedics, is expected to depart from Johannesburg for Sierra Leone on February 20 as part of the African Union’s support effort, according to a joint statement from South Africa’s Department of Health and the AU.

This deployment is the second for South Africa. The first group, which was sent on January 23, is stationed at the Goderich Emergency Ebola Treatment Center near Freetown.

More than 3,000 people have died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, according to figures from that country’s Health Ministry.

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