The U.S. military is sending hundreds more troops to Africa to battle the Ebola virus, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary said.
President Obama had ordered 3,000 troops to West Africa to help build hospitals, labs and treatment centers and provide logistics help. They are not going to treat Ebola victims.
“We are not going to be in the treatment business,” Kirby said.
About 1,000 additional troops could be deployed there, Kirby said, although he cautiioned that “it may not go that high.”
The new deployment includes soldiers from Army posts around the country and include engineers, logistics and civil affairs experts and military police officers.
Troops will be constantly monitored during their deployment and screened for the disease when they return, Kirby said.
The soldiers will deploy later this month and could stay through November, according to an Army statement.
There are 231 U.S. troops in West Africa, most of them in Liberia.
Source: USA Today