U.S. Peace Corps volunteers exposed to Ebola

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

July 30, 2014

Two Peace Corps volunteers in Liberia have been isolated for exposure to the Ebola virus, CBS News has learned.

They are currently showing no signs of sickness. The incubation period for the disease can be up to 21 days. The names of the isolated Americans have not been released.

A Peace Corps spokeswoman confirmed to CBS News that the two “had contact with an individual who later died of the Ebola virus.”

As a result of the growing spread of the deadly, incurable virus, Peace Corps is temporarily evacuating 340 volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three worst-hit countries.

There are currently 102 volunteers in Guinea working in the areas of education, agriculture and health; and 108 volunteers in Liberia and 130 volunteers in Sierra Leone working in education, according to the Peace Corps.

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There are at least three U.S. citizens known to have contracted the disease. Two are medical workers in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol.

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