Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Branswell On Canada’s Lab Team Evacuation From Sierra Leone




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There is a lot we still don’t know about how a WHO deployed technician came to be infected with the Ebola virus in Kailahun (see WHO Statement On Temporary Pull Back From Kailahun, Sierra Leone), but last night Canada’s PHAC announced that they would be withdrawing their three-man mobile laboratory team from the same area as well.


A move apparently spurred by safety concerns after additional infections were identified at their hotel.


Helen Branswell puts together what we currently know about this evolving situation in the following report.



Canada pulls its scientists from Sierra Leone after Ebola breaks out at their hotel

Helen Branswell, Canadian Press | August 27, 2014 7:36 AM ET

TORONTO — Canada is in the process of evacuating its three-member mobile laboratory team from Sierra Leone over concerns for the safety of the scientists.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said late Tuesday that the team is being recalled to Canada after people at the hotel complex where they were staying were diagnosed with Ebola.

The agency did not elaborate on who the people were and why the federal government felt the situation was significant enough to require that the scientists be brought back to Canada.

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