Health Care

Fort Bragg to send 120 troops to Africa as part of U.S. Ebola aid

About 120 soldiers from Fort Bragg will deploy to Africa as part of a broader effort to help contain the Ebola epidemic there.

The Army announced Friday that members of the 86th Combat Support Hospital, 44th Medical Brigade, as well as a company from the 16th Military Police Brigade, will travel to Liberia later this month.

The Army also will send soldiers from Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, both in Texas; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, both in Georgia; Fort Eustis, Va.; and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

The Pentagon is preparing to send up to 4,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to aid in the fight against the virus. The effort will include setting up three medical labs, a 25-bed hospital to treat medical personnel who have contracted the disease, and 17 100-bed treatment facilities across six African countries.

The Department of Defense has said the U.S. military eventually will train health care workers, but would not be staffing the treatment centers or working directly with patients.

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