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Pentagon: U.S. troops to fight Ebola in West Africa for up to one year

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 01:20

Commander of U.S. Africa Command General David M. Rodriguez says, ''We're going to stay as long as we're needed, but not longer than we're needed.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Commander of U.S. Africa Command General David M. Rodriguez, who is heading up the U.S. logistical response in West Africa to the Ebola outbreak there says it may take up to a year to complete. "We're going to stay as long as we're needed, but not longer than we're needed," General Rodriguez said. "I'm sure it will be about a year at this point, but that's just a guess, and again we're going to have to play that by ear," he went on to say. "You know the treatment centers to get the ones that we have been tasked to build right now will probably take until mid November right now. They are working on an effort over there to get more people to build some of those at different times. So we'll just have to see how it flexes out. We will probably be able to improve the speed with which we build 'em, because after you get one done the second set goes faster, but that's the estimate right now to get the seventeen done," the U.S. Africa Commander told reporters. "The real critical thing to this, based on the USAID and the CDC, is to get about 70 per cent of the personnel that are infected into a treatment facility and then at that point they believe the curve will start going down. And then it will be based on how fast and how effectively one, the curve turns down, and two the international community can then pick up all the other requirements. We're going to stay as long as we're needed, but not longer than we're needed," he added.

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Pentagon: U.S. troops to fight Ebola in West Africa for up to one year

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 01:20