Ebola Outbreak: NC Missionaries Evacuating 60 People

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

Emily Spain
July 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina groups, SIM in Charlotte and Samaritan’s Purse in Boone, announced Tuesday they are bringing some of their missionaries home because of the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. SIM is similar to Samaritan’s Purse, it’s a Christian organization that sends missionaries across the world. SIM USA President Bruce Johnson said around 60 people, mostly nonessential personnel like children and spouses, will return to the U.S.

“I said, ‘We need to do this because I care for your children as though they’re my own grandchildren and I would want to do this if I was their grandfather,'” Johnson said.

The organizations are planning to move the 60 people out of Liberia to another area of Africa in the next couple of days. That group will stay in Africa for a 21-day fever watch to make sure they do not have the Ebola virus. Johnson said, the two groups are working with the CDC and state department to make sure the 60 people are cleared before coming back to the states. Right now, none of them are showing signs of the disease.

“It’s a safety precaution for some of the children that we have there and some of the spouses. It just makes sense,” Johnson said.

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