UK firm evacuates some staff members from Sierra Leone over Ebola virus

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FEETOWN – The outbreak deadly Ebola virus in Leone has forced some foreign firms to evacuate some of their non-essential staff and imposed travel restrictions on them.
  Leone last month recorded five deaths from Ebola, which has killed 185 people in neighbouring and Liberia since March.
Osman Lahai, spokesman of London Mining firm, said that some of their  non-essential staff members left Leone at the weekend and those abroad on holiday had been advised not to return for now.
He said the company had also restricted non-essential travel and all such travels are approved by the management.
Another British iron ore in Leone said it had also introduced travel restrictions on workers but operations were otherwise unaffected.
Both firms said they had put in place systems to screen the body temperatures of people working on their sites.
Theo Nicol, Leone’s Deputy Information Minister, said the government was doing everything it could to fight the disease.
He said the outbreak began earlier this year in Guinea’s remote southeast, spreading later to Guinea’s capital, Conakryy, and into neighbouring Liberia.
Nichol said that until last month, suspected cases of Ebola in Leone had tested negative.
He said the confirmed cases of Ebola in Leone had all been located close to the border with Guinea’s Gueckedou prefecture, near the epicentre of the regional outbreak. (Reuters/NAN