Liberia leader to visit US, 1st visit since Ebola outbreak

AP News
Posted: Feb 18, 2015 10:57 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Liberia will visit the United States later this month, her first trip to the country since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf plans to speak Feb. 26 at an event hosted by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and the U.S. Institute of Peace, the senator's office said Wednesday.

The event is part of three days of meetings with Obama administration officials and lawmakers.

Since an Ebola outbreak began in December 2013 in the West African country of Guinea, there have been about 7,900 deaths, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The spread of the disease has slowed. President Barack Obama has announced plans to withdraw nearly all U.S. troops sent to West Africa to assist with the response.