Troops deployed in West Africa to try and stop Ebola spread

By Michelle Kapusta,

Hundreds of military troops deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia will begin an emergency operation on Monday to try and stop further spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

According to Reuters, Colonel Michael Samoura said that the operation, named Octopus, involves more than 700 military personnel who will travel to the Sierra Leone town of Bo and implement quarantines.

In addition, Fox News noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that it will be sending 50 specialists to the areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The West African countries have been hit hard by Ebola as the virus has claimed more the 800 lives there.

“These individuals will help countries establish emergency operations centers that can develop a structured and effective way of addressing the outbreak,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.

The specialists will arrive in the African nations within the next month.

Ebola can occur in both humans and primates and is often fatal. The virus is spread by personal contact and there is no known cure. Symptoms may include chills, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, internal and external bleeding.

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