Missionary groups call for evacuation from Liberia

2014-07-30 05:41
Staff of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse putting on protective gear in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia. (Zoom Dosso, AFP)

Staff of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse putting on protective gear in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia. (Zoom Dosso, AFP)

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Charlotte - Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola.

SIM USA President Bruce Johnson announced on Tuesday that his group and Samaritan's Purse decided on the evacuation following an upsurge in the number of Ebola cases in Liberia. Johnson said the logistics of the evacuation are being determined.

A statement from SIM says no symptoms of Ebola are present in any of the evacuees, who are being monitored continually. It was not known how many workers will be affected by the order. A spokesperson for SIM couldn't be reached for additional comment on Tuesday.

A Texas-trained doctor and a missionary from Charlotte have contracted the disease.

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