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Report: Up to 30 Sierra Leone athletes may stay in UK due to Ebola concerns

Sierra Leone's flagbearer James Fayia leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 23, 2014. Photo:

Sierra Leone's flagbearer James Fayia leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 23, 2014.

Up to 30 athletes from Sierra Leone are considering staying in the United Kingdom due to the Ebola virus that has spread throughout the African country, Richard Conway of BBC reports.

On Thursday, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma declared the Ebola outbreak a public health emergency. As of the declaration, at least 729 people had died from the virus so far. 

Conway also reports that a second athlete from Sierra Leone was tested and cleared of Ebola virus last week. Cyclist Moses Sesay was tested last week after getting sick and being admitted into the hospital. He too tested negative for the virus.

On Thursday, the Sierra Leone soccer team was not allowed to fly to Seychelles for its Africa Cup of Nations match due to Ebola concerns.

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- Sarah Barshop

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