Additional U.S. Troops Arrive in West Africa

Posted October 21, 2014 at 5:05am

Stars and Stripes reports that “more U.S. troops are arriving in West Africa to help fight an Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 4,500 lives, but the rainy season is causing a delay, the Pentagon announced Monday.”  

“Slightly more than 500 servicemembers are now in Liberia to build treatment centers and provide logistical support. Another 115 are in Dakar, Senegal, at an ‘air bridge’ transportation hub to support the mission, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters.”  

“About 80 more troops will arrive by Wednesday, he said, and thousands of soldiers are scheduled to deploy to the country in the coming weeks. Officials say military personnel will not be assigned to patient treatment, and have repeatedly said there is little risk of infection.”