US Embassy in Liberia Issues Statement on Ebola, as FPCNA Mission Board Assess Return Date for Missionaries

USARAF team helping fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa. A health worker (far right) from Doctors without Borders briefs (starting second from left) Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa; Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command; and U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah R. Malac on the operation of an Ebola treatment unit. The U.S. Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. Government organization for Operation United Assistance. U.S. Africa Command is supporting the effort by providing command and control, logistics, training and engineering assets to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Cmdr. Peter Niles/Released)

MONROVIA—The US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia issued a statement on November 26 concerning Liberia’s lifting of the state of emergency. The statement said:

“On November 13, Liberia’s state of emergency, initially announced on August 6, was lifted.  At that time, border and weekly markets were allowed to re-open (unless they are near an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) hotspot) and authorities are making plans for the eventual opening of schools.  However, Liberia’s existing Public Health Law mandates that the following measures remain in effect:

  • Curfew will run from midnight – six a.m.
  • Beaches are closed and will be patrolled to pre-empt large gatherings

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to remain vigilant.  Although we have seen improvements recently, the possibility of contracting and spreading the disease is still real. The risk to most travelers is low, but travelers could be infected if they come into contact with an ill person’s blood or body fluids, sick wildlife, or infected bush meat.”

The Free Presbyterian Church of North America continues to assess the situation in Liberia to determine a return date for their two missionaries stationed in Monrovia, the capital city.