Pentagon reduces troops needed to treat Ebola in Africa

November 13, 2014 11:50 AM

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WASHINGTON — The number of troops needed to support U.S. military efforts to help contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa will be less than first estimated, about 3,000 service members instead of the initial 4,000, Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

Speaking with Pentagon reporters via Skype from the Liberian capital of Monrovia, Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, 101st Airborne Division commander, said U.S. responders initially underestimated the resources already in Liberia and personnel with the U.S. Agency for International Development also had m...

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