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US general: $750 million military cost in Liberia

US general: $750 million US military cost for Ebola crisis; A few troops testing patients

US general: $750 million military cost in Liberia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army general who commands U.S. troops in Africa says U.S. military efforts against the Ebola crisis in Liberia are expected to cost $750 million over six months.

Gen. David Rodriguez tells reporters at a Pentagon news conference that a very small number of highly trained troops are testing people for Ebola, but most forces won't come in contact with sick patients.

Rodriguez said he is confident that the approximately 4,000 U.S. military personnel deploying to Africa to help with the Ebola crisis are sufficiently trained to avoid getting infected. He said he doesn't expect to need more than 4,000 troops but didn't rule out expanding the effort.

The troops are providing logistics, training, diagnostic labs and engineering support as part of a broader U.S. government effort.


Updated : 2020-12-05 17:13 GMT+08:00