Get out of Africa! U.S. tells embassy families to leave Ebola stricken regions
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/15/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
United States officials have told the families of American diplomats in Sierra Leone to leave the country to avoid becoming infected by the deadly Ebola virus which is ravaging that country and other West African states.
More than 1,000 people have died in the West Africa Ebola outbreak, history's worst outbreak ever recorded.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The embassy recommended this step out of an abundance of caution," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, citing "a lack of options for routine health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak."
Hard also said the State Department is also "reconfiguring" its staff at the embassy in Fretown to "be more responsive" to the current crisis.
"We remain deeply committed to supporting Sierra Leone and regional and international efforts to strengthen the capacity of the country's health care infrastructure and system-specifically, the capacity to contain and control the transmission of the Ebola virus and deliver health care," she said.
This follows the August 7 order by the United States for families of embassy staff to leave Liberia, another country that is suffering under the world's worst Ebola outbreak.
These orders followed a conversation between American President Barack Obama and the president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai, and president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia on August 14, the White House said.
"In his conversations with both leaders, the president underscored the commitment of the United States to work with Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other international partners to contain the outbreak and expressed his condolences for the lives lost," the White House said.
The World Health Organization has reported that the death toll from this outbreak reached 1,069 on August 13.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JANUARY 2018
Religious Minorities in Asia. That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.
During a two day police operation, six women religious who were captured in Nigeria's Edo state two months ago were released unharmed on ... continue reading
Archaeologists have opened two new tombs at the Egyptian temple complex of Luxor. The tombs, near the ancient tomb of Hatshepsut, were ... continue reading
Up to 235 people have been killed during Friday prayers at a mosque in Egypt. The death toll, including many children, may continue to rise ... continue reading
Madagascar plague outbreak appears to be new, antibiotic resistant strain, can kill within three hours Watch
An ancient disease is stalking humanity once again, and this time it is exceptionally deadly. The plague has reemerged in Madagascar and is ... continue reading
An Italian Catholic priest, who is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, was kidnapped on Thursday by armed men in Benin City, Nigeria, ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Monday, January 22nd, 2018 HD Video
- Most Americans want abortion restricted, if not outlawed
- Science is transforming the pro-life debate for the better HD Video
- Cardinal Dolan asks the faithful to pray against 'powers of darkness' ...
- 5 Things You Need To Know About 'Offering A Mass' For A Loved One
- Daily Readings for Friday, January 19, 2018
- St. Fillan: Saint of the Day for Friday, January 19, 2018
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, January 21st, 2018 HD
- Jobless claims are down - what does that mean for workers? HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, January 20th, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education