The US Department of State has said that no Ebola-related travel restrictions have been issued by the agency for Nigeria, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
A “factsheet” issued by the state department on its response to the Ebola virus, said the agency only issued a travel warning on August 7, 2014 against non-essential travel to Liberia.
It said: “Due to a lack of options for routine health care services, the Department of State ordered the departure of family members residing with embassy staff in Monrovia to begin Aug. 8, 2014.”
It said US government employees in Liberia would remain on active duty at the embassy and additional staff members are being deployed to assist Liberia in addressing the Ebola outbreak.
The state department, however, said the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention issued alerts for the four West African countries affected by Ebola.
The countries are Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
On Nigeria, the CDC had issued “a level two alert”.
The alert notifies travelers of the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria and to inform them of measures they can take to minimise risks of contracting the disease.
According to the state department, US embassies in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone will remain open and will continue business as usual.
“We remain deeply committed to supporting regional and international efforts to deliver health care as well as contain and control the transmission of the Ebola virus,” the statement stated.
It added that the US government was monitoring the situation closely and would update its response and travel recommendations as needed.
Further, it said the US was working with the World Health Organisation and other international partners to help West African governments respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus.
According to the WHO, the death toll from the outbreak has risen to over 1,000, with more than 1,711 cases.