University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student shares her Ebola evacuation story

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LA CROSSE (AP) — A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduate student who was studying abroad in Sierra Leone is sharing her story after she had to leave the country amid the deadly Ebola outbreak.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the UW-La Crosse Department of International Education decided to evacuate Alexandria Berg as the crisis escalated. The 23-year-old secured the last available seat on a flight to Paris and flew from there to Tanzania, where her mother was working with a nonprofit she founded.

Berg hoped to continue her practical field experience in community health education there, but she was brought back to the U.S. early due to safety and liability concerns.

The university’s assistant director of international education says she believes Berg was the first UW-L student to be evacuated from a study abroad location.