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U.S. Warns Against Traveling to Ebola-Hit Countries

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U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.
 
The travel advisory issued Thursday applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 700 people since March.
 
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the risk of the deadly disease coming to the United States remains small.
 
The agency sent about two dozen staffers to West Africa to help try to control the outbreak there. Officials announced Thursday they will send 50 more in the next month.
 
The last time the CDC issued such a warning during a disease outbreak was in 2003 because of SARS in Asia.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history now has killed more than 700 people across West Africa.
 
According to new figures released Thursday, at least 57 deaths have been reported in recent days.
 
Nearly half of the new deaths were reported in Liberia.
 
Liberia's president ordered the nation's schools to close on Wednesday and also demanded that most government employees stay home in a bid to stop the disease's spread.
 
Sierra Leone, where nine new deaths were reported, also has declared a public health emergency and is trying to quarantine sick people at home who have refused to go to isolation centers.
 
Ebola cases first emerged in Guinea back in March, though the crisis has dramatically deepened in the last week.  (AP)
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