10/29/2014 05:35 pm ET Updated Oct 29, 2014

Louisiana Bars Scientists From Conference Because They Studied Ebola In Africa

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Louisiana has a message for many of the scientists and medical experts studing Ebola and aiding efforts to fight the deadly virus in West Africa -- stay away.

The state sent a letter yesterday to members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, which is holding its annual conference in New Orleans next week. If they’ve recently been to any of the West African countries where the virus has infected more than 13,000 people, they shouldn’t attend the meeting.

“We do hope that you will consider a future visit to New Orleans, when we can welcome you appropriately,” said Kathy Klieber, Louisiana’s Secretary of Health & Hospitals and Kevin Davis, director of the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, in the letter.

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