Ebola outbreak prompts evacuation of LDS missionaries from two African nations

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  • hilary nottingham, 00
    Aug. 23, 2014 6:15 a.m.

    Not airbourne - yet.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Aug. 5, 2014 2:04 p.m.

    A wise and prudent move, though I am sure it tears the Missionaries' hearts out.....

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    There are lots of priesthood holders left in Liberia and Sierre Leone. There is a stake in Sierree Leone, plus multiple districts fairly close to being stakes in both countries.

    With the disease so wide spread, the missionaries have the choice of doing little and trying to proctect their health in a method that might not work anyway, or being sent to other countries where they can do good. In the midst of a mass epidemic like this public activities are limited. The church is making wise decisions. They Church has used prudence and deliberation, but this seems a wise decision in light of the spreading disease.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    Does the Church have any plans to send humanitarian aid workers to this area? I know they sent doctors in just after the Haitian earthquake, but that was a slightly different situation.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    Considering 257 of the missionaries are from West Africa, the gripe about not unsing missionaries from the countries involved is not at all accurate. Most missions in Africa are heavily staffed with nationals of the particular country the mission is in. People should read articles before making comments that show they have not read the article at all.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    Is there any word on which specific missions there missionaries are being sent to? I hope missionaries are able to return to these nations in the near future. I also hope to see missionaries enter Guinea in the near future. Hopefully the additional missionary manpower can help where these missionaries are sent.

  • NW LDS Battle Ground, WA
    Aug. 4, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    Luckily, there will still be many members in their local congregation, including local leaders, who have the same healing power of the priesthood available for those that need it.

  • Open and honest Manchester, 00
    Aug. 4, 2014 5:57 a.m.

    Why is the Church withdrawing the healing power of the Priesthood at a time when the local people need it the most?

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihuahua, 00
    Aug. 2, 2014 11:38 p.m.


    This disease can lie dormant for up to 20 days. If a person with ebola flushes a toilet in a public restroom after using toilet paper, they already got it. Doesnt matter if the more severe symptoms were showing or not.

  • lynnea1 JEFFERSON CITY, MO
    Aug. 2, 2014 8:36 p.m.

    If Ebola is contracted by direct contact, why do the caregivers work in full HazMat gear, including full facial protection (even the eyes)? I dont believe "theyre" being as forthcoming as "they" should be about this virus, probably because they dont want everyone to panic.

  • Quagthistle Hays, KS
    Aug. 2, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    Um, people, it's not as hard to transmit Ebola as the TV News tells you. Seriously, it *can* be transmitted through the air, and I quote from the Wikipedia: "The virus has been shown to travel without contact from pigs to primates. While the method of transmission is not determined, it is believed to travel short distances through the air in large droplets that are absorbed through the airways effectively making it an airborne virus." Can I add a "Duh!" after that? Seriously, people, Ebola is one of the most deadly and contagious viruses in the world! There's a reason it requires Biosafety Level 4. I thought this was common knowledge. It was reasonably common knowledge back in the late 90s...

  • firehorse American Fork, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 5:18 p.m.

    My son is currently in Liberia on his mission, the CDC website states that "individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms." These missionaries have been under very strict contact precautions for several weeks they do not need to be quarantined if they are not symptomatic.
    I am excited to find out where my son will be re-assigned, some may be sent home because there a lot of missionaries to be redistributed.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Aug. 2, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    This disease spreads much like Aids does, through urine, vomit, blood and such. So it would have to be an extreme exposure to get this. I do think it wise to move the missionaries out, but unless they have had a high risk exposure, I would not think they need to be isolated. They will know if they have had this. My best to them, and all those who are suffering from Ebola.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    My nephew is currently in Liberia on his mission. We'll be relieved when he is re-assigned and anxious to find out where he will go.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Aug. 2, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    It would seem to me that the church is using wisdom and caution with this situation. The church is not oblivious to medical reasoning and I'm sure that any quarantine time periods will be observed as needed.

    I'm sure that adults are competent to contact their own families, but the church has greater collective communication abilities and in many circumstances can do so more effectively and timely than one or two individuals could.

    Such things are indeed unfortunate as many governments, including our own, do not seem to appreciate health issues and serious disease contagion when moving large groups of people across international borders. Many more of us may need to use greater caution on our own when dealing with the alarming issue.

  • No name Provo, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    My brother is in Sierra Leone and the missionaries are currently staying at the mission home until they receive other assignments.

  • Goldminer Salem, ut
    Aug. 2, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    Might be wise to "quarantine" that part of Africa until this issue is resolved and a workable vaccine is made.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    I guess the first thing to do about this virus is not to panic. It is not an air-born virus and the only way it spreads is contact with a contaminated person or their body fluids. Bringing our missionaries out of those areas is a necessity for their protection. We must pray that the LDS stakes in those parts of Africa will be able to continue to give help and aid to the afflicted and ease the fears of their congregations until this deadly outbreak ceases. The missionaries may be leaving but the Lord and the power of the priesthood remains to succor the sick and help the living to cope and become stronger. We can only pray for the afflicted people in Africa and know that the Lord is there and is very aware of their suffering.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 2, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    They should move them and then isolate. They could come into contact in route. Why grown adults can't contact their families on their own makes no sense. Even the military allows this.

    Why not use members from those countries instead of from abroad?

  • Burnham Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 2, 2014 6:48 a.m.

    Are they quarantining these folks for 21 days before they send them elsewhere because the incubation is 3-21 days and you could have it and not know it for up to 21 days, so hope they are quarantining any people leaving the contagion area. There is an African summit in Washington DC sometime in the next week or so and government is telling their folks to do telework from home during this summit. Wonder why? Scary!

  • KDahl Burbank, CA
    Aug. 1, 2014 6:44 p.m.

    A very sad story all the way around.