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.
AF1 is wheels up
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The United States announced
on Tuesday it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola
outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major
deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is
spiralling fastest out of control.
The U.S. response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled
later by President Barack Obama, includes plans to build 17
treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers and
establish a military control center for coordination, U.S.
officials told reporters.