US to as­sign 3,000 from US mil­i­tary to fight Ebola

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — Un­der pres­sure to boost the U.S. re­sponse to the Ebola cri­sis, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is or­der­ing 3,000 mil­i­tary per­son­nel to West Africa amid wor­ries that the fi­nan­cial and hu­man cost of the out­break is rapidly grow­ing.

The mil­i­tary re­sponse is part of a height­ened U.S. role that will in­clude erect­ing new treat­ment and iso­la­tion fa­cil­i­ties, train­ing health care work­ers and in­creas­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and trans­porta­tion support, of­fi­cials said.

Obama was an­nounc­ing the stepped-up ef­fort Tues­day dur­ing a visit to the fed­eral Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion in At­lanta fol­low­ing ap­peals for a greater U.S. ef­fort to con­front the cri­sis and alarm that the Ebola virus could spread and even mu­tate into a more eas­ily trans­mit­ted dis­ease.

The pres­i­dent said the CDC was “one of the crown jew­els” in fight­ing dis­ease and that the out­break had pro­vided a timely op­por­tu­nity for him to thank ev­ery­one there for ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts. Obama was joined at the meet­ing by Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Susan Rice and Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary Sylvia Mathews Bur­well.

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