6 August 2014

Liberia: U.S. Orders Departure of Eligible Family Members from Liberia - Sending Additional Disease Specialists to Assist

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Statement by U.S. Department of State Spokesperson, Jen Psaki, on August 7, 2014

At the recommendation of the U.S. Embassy in Liberia, the State Department today (August 7, 2014) ordered the departure from Monrovia of all eligible family members (EFMs) not employed by post in the coming days. 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.

We are reconfiguring the Embassy staff to be more responsive to the current situation. Our entire effort is currently focused on assisting U.S. citizens in the country, the Government of Liberia, international health organizations, local NGOs, and the Liberian people to deal with this unprecedented Ebola outbreak.

We remains deeply committed to supporting Liberia and Liberian, regional, and international efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Liberian health care infrastructure and system -- specifically, their capacity to control and reverse the transmission of the Ebola virus.

Additional staff from various government agencies including 12 disease prevention specialists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a 13-member Disaster Assistance Response Team from USAID are deploying to Liberia to assist the Liberian Government in addressing the Ebola outbreak.

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