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MONROVIA, Liberia (NBC) -- Six American college students are stuck in Liberia, one of the countries at the heart of the Ebola outbreak.

The students are in the Liberian capital of Monrovia as part of a Tuskegee University study abroad program. The university said in a statement Wednesday that they were in good spirits, in a safe location and not ill.

The details were not clear, but the university said that the students were "in the process of making reservations" for a return flight, booked through Ghana. Some airlines have canceled flights to and from West Africa because of the outbreak.

More than 500 suspected cases of Ebola and almost 300 deaths have been recorded in Liberia, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Monrovia closed a major hospital after the director and six staff tested positive.

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