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Returning US missionaries to be quarantined because of Ebola

Published on Aug 11, 2014 2:16 AM
Players of the '"L'Etoile de Guinee" football team pose with a sign reading ''Stop the ebola epidemic'' prior to a football tournament gathering youth from Guinea near the Koumassi sports centre in Abidjan on August 10, 2014. The  West African Ebola outbreak is centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Health officials in North Carolina said on Sunday they will require missionaries and others coming home after working with people infected with Ebola in Africa to be placed in quarantine as a precaution against the spread of the deadly viral disease.

The quarantine is set to last for three weeks from the last exposure to someone infected in the West African Ebola outbreak, which is centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the officials said.

Missionaries from the North Carolina-based Christian aid groups SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse have been working to help combat the world's worst outbreak of the disease. Two of the relief workers contracted the disease and were being cared for at Emory University in Georgia.

"This measure is being taken out of an abundance of caution, and it is important to remember that there are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in North Carolina," Dr Stephen Keener, medical director in North Carolina's Mecklenburg County, said in a statement.

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