US Orders Departure of Eligible Family Members from Sierra Leone
Sending Additional Disease Specialists to Assist
Public Affairs Office Freetown, Sierra Leone: The State Department on August 14, 2014 ordered the departure from Sierra Leone in the coming days of all eligible family members (EFMs) not employed by the Embassy. The Embassy recommended this step out of an abundance of caution, following the determination by the Department’s Medical Office that there is a lack of options for routine health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak.
The State Department is reconfiguring the Embassy staff to be more responsive to the current situation. The United States’ entire effort is currently focused on assisting U.S. citizens in the country, the Government of Sierra Leone, international health organizations, local NGOs, and the Sierra Leonean people to deal with this unprecedented Ebola outbreak.
The United States remains deeply committed to supporting Sierra Leoneans and is contributing actively to local, national, regional and international efforts to stop the transmission of the Ebola virus.
Additional staff from various government agencies including up to a dozen disease prevention specialists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a Disaster Assistance Response Team from USAID are deploying to Sierra Leone to assist in the international response to the Ebola outbreak.
Embassy of the United States of America
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