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Multinational companies hit by Ebola

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak an international public health emergency. The World Bank estimates that the outbreak is set to shrink economic growth in Guinea, where the crisis emerged in March, from 4.5 percent to 3.5 percent this year.

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Multinational companies that do business in the resource-rich region are scrambling to respond to the crisis. Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has evacuated less than 10 people from Liberia. British Airways is suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone through August 31.

Tawana Resources had suspended all non-essential field activities within Liberia” and sent all non-essential African workers, expatriates and contractors home. African Minerals Ltd has begun imposing health checks and travel restrictions on employees in the region. Overseas Petroleum has stopped drilling in Liberia and some of its expatriate employees have left the country.

ExxonMobil said that its offices remain open and that the company is taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of its employees. Chevron, which has an office in Monrovia and is in the process of exploring for oil off Liberia's coast, said it is closely monitoring the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

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