U.S. to Commit Up to 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola in Africa

According to the New York Times, today President Obama will announce an expansion of up to 3,000 military troops and additional medical support to fight the Ebola virus in Africa.

The TImes reports that the Department of Defense will open a joint command center in Monrovia, Liberia to coordinate international  Ebola response efforts. Military troops will construct up to 17 regional Ebola treatment centers with 1,700 beds and train up to 500 healthcare workers to respond to the crisis.

The White House also plans to send more doctors and healthcare workers from CDC and other American agencies. Plans to expand Ebola response efforts come amid a growing number of cases in Africa and concerns that the virus will continue to spread rapidly.

Update: View a White House factsheet for more information about the U.S. response to Ebola.

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