North Carolina fighting the Ebola outbreak

Troops from right here in North Carolina are headed to the outbreak zone overseas to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

President Obama announced Friday that 1,000 additional troops could be sent to Liberia, and the Pentagon said that number might increase. The troops from Fort Bragg will be joining them, along with the roughly 3,000 members already called up to the Ebola hot zone.

 

The healthcare system in most of the affected countries is essentially nonexistent, so the military, along with some local missionaries, plans to build it for them. Officials say troops will set up field hospitals and train thousands of health workers, but not directly administer care.

“We are not going to be in the treatment business,” Kirby said.

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