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US to Deploy 3000 Military Personnel in West Africa to Control Ebola Crisis
Sep 22, 2014

The US President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak is unprecedented and spiraling out of control, threatening hundreds of thousands of people. He said, “In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic of the likes that we have not seen before. It's spiraling out of control. It is getting worse. It's spreading faster and exponentially. Thousands of people in West Africa are infected. That number could rapidly grow to tens of thousands.  And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us." 

A major new US initiative will see 3,000 US military personnel deployed to West Africa to combat the growing health crisis,  As well as the military deployment, the US will also set up a command and control center in the capital of Liberia, the hardest-hit country, build new treatment centers and train health workers. Among the US soldiers sent to West Africa will be doctors and also engineers to set up the field hospitals. 

Meanwhile, the United States moved to fund these plans. Specifically, the department of defence plans to ask to have reprogrammed an additional $500 million in Fiscal Year 2014 Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to fight Ebola. This is separate from the funds already put toward the effort, including the $175 million already dedicated, and the $88 million requested through a continuing resolution.


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