Volunteer returns from West Africa amid Ebola outbreak

Grant Hofman in West Africa. (Undated courtesy photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan Christian outreach program has pulled a volunteer out of West Africa, which is experiencing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

>>Online: The CDC on Ebola

The current outbreak of the Ebola virus in Libera, Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa has killed nearly 700 people and infected more than 500 others, according to NBC. Two Americans working to combat the outbreak at a hospital in Liberia tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

Grant Hofman, a Calvin Theological Seminary student, had been in West Africa for less than a month with Christian Reformed World Missions when it was decided that he should come back home — though Hofman said the area he was in had not really been affected by the virus.

When some major airlines suspended flights from the region and some nations began to close borders, there was concerned Hofman could become stranded.

Hofman arrived back in West Michigan on Wednesday, about two weeks earlier than originally planned.

Hofman said the situation in Africa is becoming tense. Misinformation has been circulating among the locals and many feel distrust.

==Above, Hoffman describes how West African residents are responding to the outbreak.==

The Peace Corps has also pulled volunteers out of the region, NBC reports.

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