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'Thousands more' U.S. troops to join Liberia Ebola mission

7:41am IST - 01:00

Thousands more U.S. soldiers are to join the American mission to fight Ebola in Liberia, the incoming head of the troops says; as a ship loaded with aid arrives at the sea port of Buchanan. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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More U.S. troops are headed to Liberia to fight Ebola. Incoming head of the U.S. military mission there, Major General Gary Volesky, made the announcement in Liberia's capital Monrovia on Saturday -- as he took over for U.S. general Darryl Williams. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAJOR GENERAL GARY VOLESKY, 101st AIRBORNE COMMANDER, SAYING: "Thousands of my soldiers are arriving now, and they are excited and ready to join this great team you have formed, so together we can stamp out Ebola." That same day, Liberia also received aid, with the first of three vessels arriving at the seaport of Buchanan. A treatment center built by American forces is expected to open within weeks. So far, around 4,900 people have died of Ebola in West Africa. U.N. officials warn that figure could rise exponentially if the global community does not act swiftly.

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'Thousands more' U.S. troops to join Liberia Ebola mission

7:41am IST - 01:00

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