WASHINGTON — 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
“We are not going to be in the treatment business,” Kirby
About 1,000 additional troops could be deployed there,
Kirby said, although he cautiioned that “it may not go that
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,
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