Mercer cancels program in Africa amid Ebola threat

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Mercer University official says an education program in Liberia operated by the Georgia school has been canceled for the upcoming year in response to the Ebola outbreak there.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1oCveGo) that more than a dozen university students, along with two faculty members, have traveled annually to Liberia as part of the college's mission work teaching students in kindergarten through 12th grade at the Ricks Institute.

Mercer also operates an exchange program through the institute, which includes Liberian students traveling to Georgia to take classes on the Mercer campus. College spokesman Larry Brumley said three Liberian students arrived around Aug. 20 at Mercer — one at its Macon campus, two at the Atlanta campus. He said they have been screened for the virus and cleared.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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