Ebola Scare: US Ropes in Defence Dept. to Keep Nab on Deadly Virus

The US Obama administration is taking all precautions and even roping the defence department to keep an eye on the possible outbreak of Ebola.

The Department of Defense has already formed a military team of 30-members, which will be tasked with providing emergency assistance in case of Ebola virus infection in the country.

The Defense department’s spokesman John Kirby said the step is taken at the request of the country’s Department of Health and Human Services, stressing the team will stand ready to "respond quickly, effectively, and safely" in the event of more Ebola cases, Xinhua reported.

"Secretary Chuck Hagel today (Sunday) ordered his Northern Command Commander, Gen. Chuck Jacoby, to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could, if required, provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the US," Kirby said in a statement.

Three cases of Ebola virus infection have been diagnosed in the US. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man, became the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the country. He fell ill while on a trip to Dallas, Texas and died on Oct. 8.

Pressure on the Obama administration has been growing over the preparation to deal with the possible outbreak of Ebola in recent days after the second nurse who treated the first victim has been diagnosed positive with the virus, triggering widespread concern about the spread of the deadly virus.


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