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Peace Corps withdraws from W. Africa over Ebola fears

Protective gear including boots, gloves, masks and suits, drying after being used in a treatment room in a hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia, July 24, 2014The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to growing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa. Another US group, Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, said it was also temporarily withdrawing its non-essential staff from Liberia, citing regional “instability and ongoing security issues.” A Peace Corps spokeswoman said two of the group’s volunteers had contracted Ebola after coming into contact with someone who later died from the virus, but she stressed that they were not symptomatic and were currently under medical observation and being held in isolation. At least one American has died from the virus after contracting it in Liberia, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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