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Ebola outbreak: UK firm London Mining evacuates staff
« on: June 03, 2014, 02:05:32 AM »
A British firm has evacuated "non-essential" personnel from Sierra Leone following an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

London Mining is the first company to go public on such move.

The company had said it was working with local and international agencies to monitor the situation but production at its Marampa mine was not affected.

The incurable and highly contagious disease was reported in the west African country last week.

There are already there about 50 suspected cases in Sierra Leone and five people have died, and there have been more than 100 deaths in neighbouring Guinea where the outbreak started.

Iron ore company London Mining said it had evacuated what it called non-essential expatriate staff and was carefully monitoring the health of all of its employees.

Ebola first emerged in central Africa 20 years ago, causing fever and internal bleeding. It is spread when people come into contact with the bodily fluids of infected patients.

The Sierra Leone government, with help from aid agencies, is doing what it can to isolate known cases.

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