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U.S. Military’s Liberia Ebola Mission Winding Down As Cases Drop, Treatment Facilities Built

Military Times: More U.S. troops return from Ebola mission
“The U.S. military mission to help contain the Ebola virus has begun winding down as hundreds of troops return home from West Africa earlier than expected. … The number of new Ebola cases reported in Liberia has dropped dramatically since U.S. troops arrived and began building treatment facilities and providing logistical support for the civilian-run health care system…” (Tilghman, 1/6).

Washington Post: The Pentagon’s mission against Ebola is quietly shrinking
“…The U.S. military completed the last of 17 Ebola treatment units it planned to build last month. … Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, who leads the military task force in Liberia, told the Wall Street Journal last month that the United States will decide in coming days whether to redeploy troops there to Sierra Leone and Guinea or just shrink the size of the mission in Liberia…” (Lamothe, 1/5).

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