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US troops heading into Africa soon for Ebola fight

19 September 2014, 21:34

Washington - A high-ranking U.S. Army officer says thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help Africans treat Ebola victims.

Also read: Ebola team killed in cold blood in Guinea

Gen. Ray Odierno says the disease has accelerated faster than initially thought, so the U.S. needs to get people on the ground and ramp up numbers quickly. President Barack Obama has pledged 3,000 troops, and the U.S. military commander and a small team have arrived in Liberia to do initial assessments.

Before troops are sent in, Odierno says the Army needs to make sure they are prepared to operate in that environment, which includes health care safety. The military units expected to deploy have not been identified.

- AP


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