ATLANTA/MONROVIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region.
“The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better,” Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
AF1 has landed in Tampa
ATLANTA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers called for a
government-funded “war” to contain West Africa’s deadly Ebola
epidemic before it threatens more countries, building on an
American pledge to send 3,000 military engineers and medical
personnel to combat the virus.
“Here’s the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is now an
epidemic, the likes” of which have not been seen before,
President Barack Obama said during a meeting with top U.S.
public health officials.
Obama says it’s a potential threat to global security if countries with Ebola outbreak break down.
Obama says extremely unlikely that Ebola will reach the United States, but hospitals are prepared.
AF1 has landed in Atlanta.
MONROVIA/WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The United States
has pledged to send 3,000 troops West Africa, using its military
muscle to battle the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola by building
treatment clinics and training health workers to halt the spread
of the deadly virus.
President Barack Obama is expected to outline the action
later on Tuesday, his second announcement of a major military
operation in two weeks after his declaration that Washington
would bomb Islamic State fighters in the Middle East.