U.S. troops arrive in West Africa to join fight against Ebola

U.S. troops arrived in Liberia Monday to begin building a field hospital in the central part of the country following a pledge to send 3,000 soldiers to assist in the ongoing fight against Ebola in West Africa, Reuters reported.

Major General Darryl Williams told journalists in the Liberian capital of Monrovia that 175 troops had already arrived in Liberia and another 30 had been sent to other affected countries to set up bases from which to coordinate the arrival of additional soldiers and supplies.

The 25-bed hospital, now under construction, is located in central Liberia and will be used to treat infected health workers. Another 17 Ebola treatment facilities will be set up across Liberia, and military personnel will assist in training local medical staff in coordination with Liberian authorities.

“The [Armed Forces of Liberia] has a great capability. They are already out there … and helping us, because they have this knowledge of the local area. So we are not doing anything by ourselves,” Williams told reporters Monday.

Earlier in the month, President Obama made the pledge to send resources and military staff to the region in an effort to strengthen the effort to combat the epidemic.

The World Health Organization estimates that of the roughly 6,500 people in countries like Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone that have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began, more than 3,000 have died.

Meanwhile, a report by the Centers for Disease Control announced on Tuesday that no new cases of Ebola have been reported in Senegal or Nigeria since late August. This may mean the outbreak is over in those two countries, even while the number of cases overall has been doubling every week.

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