Saturday, 9 August 2014

EBOLA: Oil firms withdraw from Africa

Oil firms have started withdrawing staff from Nigeria and Liberia after the World Health Organisation declared the Ebola outbreak to be an international public health emergency.

Leading medical experts said the virus – which has a death rate of 50% and has already killed nearly 1,000 people – required an “extraordinary response” to halt its spread.

The disease began in the forests of eastern Guinea in February, but its epicentre has spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria – home to significant reserves of oil and gas and hundreds of north-east energy workers.

EnerMech and Tullow Oil confirmed yesterday that they were withdrawing staff from Nigerian and Liberia respectively.

Wood Group and Sparrows also told the Press and Journal that they were closely monitoring the situation amid fears the virus could spread further.

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