Mining firm in Sierra Leone takes measures against Ebola
05 August 2014, 21:14
London - Minerals group Sierra Rutile has begun
screening its workers for early signs of Ebola, put travel restrictions in
place and limited access to its operations in west Africa, the company said on
The company, which mines rutile in southwest Sierra Leone,
said the measures were precautionary and designed to reduce any risk to its
employees, contractors and visitors.
Rutile is a mineral mostly used in paints, plastics, paper
and in the manufacture of refractory ceramics.
"Sierra Rutile is monitoring the evolution of the
situation carefully to allow a rapid response if circumstances change and will
provide updates as necessary," it said in a statement.
The Ebola outbreak first began in February in the forests of
Guinea and was confirmed in Sierra Leone in May. The virus in Sierra Leone was
identified in the district of Kailahun, about 300 km from the company's
There have been no reported or suspected cases of Ebola to
date at Sierra Rutile's operations and production has not been disrupted as a
result of the outbreak. The company said however it had contingency plans
should the situation worsen.
The outbreak in West Africa has killed about 900 people and
the toll continues to rise. The death rate in the current epidemic is about 60
percent, experts say.