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Ebola: US orders Liberia embassy families home

Friday August 8 2014

Guinea's President Alpha Conde welcomes his counterpart from Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on August 1, 2014, at Conakry's airport, prior to the opening of a summit on the fast-growing outbreak of the Ebola virus. PHOTO | AFP

Guinea's President Alpha Conde welcomes his counterpart from Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on August 1, 2014, at Conakry's airport, prior to the opening of a summit on the fast-growing outbreak of the Ebola virus. PHOTO | AFP 

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WASHINGTON

The United States ordered the families of embassy staff in Liberia to return home Thursday, as West Africa struggles to cope with the world's biggest ever outbreak of Ebola.

The State Department also warned US citizens not to travel to Liberia, repeating an earlier instruction from American health authorities.