Army Takes Over in Burkina Faso, West African Nation at Risk of Ebola

Army Takes Over in Burkina Faso, West African Nation at Risk of Ebola

Just hours after the U.S. announced it was “deeply concerned” about mounting unrest in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, the army’s General Honore Traore announced the dissolution of the government. Though there have been no reported cases of Ebola in Burkina Faso, the U.S. State Department warned in August that there was an increasing likelihood that infections might be detected in the landlocked country.

President Blaise Compaoré, who took over in a coup in 1978 and is still nominally in charge of the country, had declared a state of emergency in the capital city of Ougadougou on Thursday as demonstrators set fire to the parliament, the New York Times reports. 

 Though Burkina Faso has not been affected directly by Ebola, the Obama administration has warned a travel ban against the disease could cause regional governments to fall.

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