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Fort Bragg Soldiers Train to Fight Ebola

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  1. SvenSvensonov

    SvenSvensonov PROFESSIONAL

    Oct 15, 2014
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    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fort Bragg leaders say they are confident soldiers on standby to deploy to West Africa and assist with the containment of the Ebola virus are properly trained and will return safely.

    "Their whole effort is to ensure that the U.S. effort is fully being executed to the best of its capability," Tom McCollum, garrison spokesman, said at a news conference on post Friday. "They will not be working directly with infected personnel."

    There are 120 soldiers from four Fort Bragg units ready to deploy to Liberia. The garrison is waiting on orders from the U.S. Department of Defense to deploy, with no indication how long they will be overseas.

    Soldiers from the 16th Military Police, 10th Press Camp Headquarters, 20th Engineer Brigade and 44th Medical Brigade are on standby, McCollum said.

    Leaders did not indicate if any type of quarantine would be in place upon the soldiers' return, but they said soldiers would be "medically cleared" before they are reunited with their families.

    "They will be screened to ensure they have no symptoms," McCollum said. "Symptoms will start to identify themselves within the first 10 days, so ... when they come home, they'll be cleared to be reunited with their family."

    Ebola spreads through bodily fluids. More than 2,400 people in Liberia have died of the virus.

    Leaders of U.S. Army Africa have said there would be "very low to no risk" for troops helping fight the outbreak.

    Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, who is overseeing U.S. military efforts in Operation United Assistance until a command team from the 101st Airborne Division arrives, said the military is supporting health and aid workers from various government and private organizations.

    U.S. troops will provide security, training and medical support to assist workers.

    Last week, Fort Bragg soldiers participated in training to learn how to protect themselves from the virus.

    The soldiers were fitted for full-body protective suits, masks and gloves. Instructors from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, showed them how to safely put on and take off the suits.

    Soldiers have been told to carry hand sanitizer, avoid local food and wash their equipment in a bleach solution.

    On post, Col. Ronald Stephens, commander of Womack Army Medical Center, said the hospital is prepared to handle any potential cases of Ebola.

    Medical staff has collaborated with health officials from local, state and federal agencies to develop strategies to handle the virus, he said. The staff also has done exercises to get ready.

    "Our team is prepared to respond to the patients potentially infected with Ebola," he said. "For the last several weeks, Womack Army Medical Center has been developing, implementing and improving processes and procedures to identify and isolate potential cases of Ebola as early as possible in a patient."

    The hospital has four isolation rooms, Stephens said. If a patient has been potentially diagnosed with Ebola, he or she would be put in the isolation room and then taken to a site separate from the hospital for further evaluation.

    The patient would be treated at a civilian institution identified for care of Ebola, he said.

    From Military.com

    * My comments;

    Get ready Ebola, here comes Democracy!
  2. TankMan


    Aug 12, 2014
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    United Kingdom
    Well, atleast we got the solution for Ebola:


    Good for the US to prepare though,it'd be a shame if Ebola messes their superpower country up.