Two Peace Corp Workers Afflicted With Ebola Virus


It was announced by The Peace Corps on Wednesday that the 340 volunteers of the organization who are stationed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia,are being recalled after two of them contracted the virus. The two workers got infected after they came in close contact with a patient infected with the deadly virus.

The spokeswoman confirmed that though the two people are not showing any symptoms, they will be isolated after being flown back to the United States. They are in isolation even now and will stay like that till doctors declare them infection free. There was no information as to when additionalpersonnel will go back to the affectedWest African nations.

The statement said that “The agency has been and will continue to closely monitor the outbreak of the virus in collaboration with leading experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State.” The fear is spreading globally with Hong Kong and United Kingdom havingstarted testing passengers of two airlines for symptoms.

The deadly outbreak has claimed 672 lives already, with fatality pegged at 60%. A person who was recently in Africa was isolated at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. The two infected Peace Corp volunteers are Nancy Writebol, whose work was to sanitize the nurses and doctors treating Ebola patients and Kent Brantly, a medical director in a care center managed by the Samaritan’s Purse.

In Africa’s Sierra Leone, a doctor Sheik Umar Khan died while treating patients. He was at the fore front of leading the country in its fightagainst the infection till his death on Tuesday.