Group encourages travel to Africa

Local officials are working to help ease worries about the spread of Ebola in the Hudson Valley and to help treat those affected in West Africa.



Today, elected officials from Mount Vernon and community activists from Westchester County announced a trip in July 2015 to Ghana to let the public know that Africa can be a safe travel destination.



Organizers say it's important to encourage the facts of the virus and reduce the stigma on the continent of Africa. 'Bridge to Africa,' a nonprofit formed by Mount Vernon councilman Yuhanna Edwards and his wife, helps development in various areas such as education and health in Africa. "We have to take precaution, know where it's affecting people, and do what the U.S. and other countries are doing [to] help' says Edwards.



'Bridge to Africa' is holding a symposium on Ebola with world-renowned health experts at the White Plains library at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1.


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