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Ebola: US orders embassy families out of Sierra Leone

Kenyan health officials take passengers temperature as they arrive at the Jommo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on August 14, 2014 in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday told the families of its diplomats in Sierra Leone to leave the country to avoid exposure to the epidemic of deadly Ebola fever ravaging the country.

"The embassy recommended this step out of an abundance of caution," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, citing "a lack of options for routine health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak."

 

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