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US military readies domestic Ebola team

The U.S. military in Texas is training a group of 30 personnel, who will be able to rapidly step up if the next Ebola case occurs, according to a report by Reuters.

The team, known as the U.S. Military Ebola Rapid Response Team, consists of five physicians, 20 nurses and five certified trainers. The 30-member group assembled last Wednesday and will complete their training by Monday in San Antonio, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The establishment of the military medical team is another way the U.S. military has responded to the Ebola crisis. The military already deployed troops to West Africa, where the disease has killed more than 4,900 people, according to the latest report released by the World Health Organization.

Members of the response team told Reuters that they had not received a request to go to New York, where a doctor who recently returned from Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus on Thursday. Reuters said team members would deploy if requested by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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