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BOONE, N.C. -- Boone-based Samaritan's Purse is pulling its missionaries from West Africa as the Ebola outbreak spreads.

Doctors and nurses are still there but non-essential personnel, about 10 to 12 people, have been removed. Another 10 to 12 people will be removed within the next day.

"We work where it's dangerous. We work where people die, where there is great suffering," Vice President of Programs and Government Relations for Samaritans Purse Ken Isaacs said.

Issacs adds essential personnel may also be removed.

Monday, the CDC sent out a warning for American medical workers about the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

The agency issued a Level Two Health Alert but says the risk to the general public here in the U.S. is low.

Hundreds have been killed and two American medial missionaries are infected.

"I have been saying, Samaritan's Purse has been saying this Ebola situation in West Africa deserves a much more robust international response. Now, that has been proven to be true," Isaacs said.

Dr. Keny Brantley is in serious but stable condition, according to Samaritan's Purse, and is said to be awake and lucid. Still, they say he is in danger.

Nancy Writebol of Charlotte is in stable condition.

Isaacs says the group plans to return.

"We have doctors, we have nurses there. We have staff there who have Ebola. We are not leaving them. We are not evacuating. We are curtailing our operations so we can be effective and appropriate for what is going on right now. And right now, in Liberia, there is a lot of instability and insecurity and a lot of fear."

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