Canada pulling team from Sierra Leone over Ebola fears

Health workers wearing protective gear go to remove the body of a person who is believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

Health workers wearing protective gear go to remove the body of a person who is believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

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.

The agency did say the Canadians had no contact with the sick individuals and are not themselves showing signs of illness. But the three will remain in voluntary isolation and will be closely monitored on their trip back to Canada and after their return to the country.

“The risk that any of the three individuals is infected is very low,” the statement said.

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