UPDATE 1-Miners battle to keep Ebola at bay in West Africa

Fri Aug 8, 2014 2:00pm EDT
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* Contractors at ArcelorMittal Liberia iron ore ops declare force majeure

* Aureus Mining, Tawana Resources send non-essential staff home

* WHO says Ebola an international health emergency (Adds evacuation of ArcelorMittal contractors from Liberia)

By Karen Rebelo

Aug 8 (Reuters) - Contractors at ArcelorMittal SA's iron ore mine in Liberia are evacuating the country and other miners are sending staff home to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Mining companies in West Africa are acting swiftly to keep Ebola at bay, screening employees and restricting access to remote mining camps while keeping production of iron ore and gold ticking.

A prolonged outbreak, however, will threaten mineral production in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea if essential supplies are disrupted and employees stay away from work too long.

Or worse: should a miner or family member contract the virus.

"I think everyone is mindful that it's something that has the potential to impact businesses," said Mark Bristow, chief executive of Randgold Resources Ltd, which mines gold in Mali, across the border from Guinea.   Continued...