The Peace Corps is removing more than 300 of its volunteers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea as an Ebola outbreak that has left hundreds dead worsens in West Africa.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Peace Corps said it is temporarily removing volunteers from the affected countries. It did not offer a possible return date.
A Peace Corps spokeswoman also said Wednesday that two of its volunteers have been quarantined after coming in contact with an Ebola victim who later died.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Samaritan's Purse, which is a non-denominational Christian charity, as a Catholic organization.
The news came just days after two American charity workers contracted the disease in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old consultant with the Liberian government, was also revealed to be the first American to die of the disease, relatives said Tuesday.
The current outbreak has claimed at least 672 lives and has spread to more than 60 locations in Africa, making it the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, according to the World Health Organization.
Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two American charity workers who contracted Ebola in Monrovia, were listed in serious condition on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by Samaritan's Purse, the charity they were affiliated with.
Though their situations remained dire, both had shown "slight improvement" in the last 24 hours, according to the charity.