U.S. Military’s Ebola Effort Enters New Phase

Posted October 16, 2014 at 5:00am

The Wall St. Journal reports that “after almost a month in Liberia, U.S. troops have completed construction on a 25-bed medical facility to treat health-care workers who come into contact with Ebola and are running five mobile labs that expedite tests for the deadly virus.”  

“The Pentagon effort against Ebola will enter its next phase this weekend, when the head of the American military’s 101st Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, arrives in Liberia to take over the U.S. effort. The Kentucky-based Army division will send about 700 members who will join up to 4,000 others to finish building 17 treatment units with more than 100 beds each, and to train hundreds of medical workers.”  

“Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of the U.S. Army in Africa and leader of the American advance team in Liberia, said he and other U.S. leaders on the ground, including U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac, have met with international partners in recent weeks to coordinate efforts and try to assess what they can contribute.”  

The Washington Post adds that “The U.S. military continues to grow the force it is deploying to western Africa to assist with the Ebola virus crisis, but it will take until late November or early December to complete all 17 treatment units it has planned, a two-star general said.”