Pentagon Decreases Ebola Troops : US Reduces Ebola Mission Troops to 3000 as Infections Steadily Rise

Pentagon Decreases Ebola Troops : US Reduces Ebola Mission Troops to 3000 as Infections Steadily Rise

The US military has determined it can send fewer personnel to Liberia to aid in treating a West African Ebola outbreak after officials determined the virus is spreading slower and local assistance capacity is better.

Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky told reporters at the Pentagon by phone from Monrovia that the troop total is expected to grow from the current 2,200 to 3,000 by mid-December. It will not grow further, he said.

“There is a lot of capacity here that we didn’t know about before,” Volesky said, citing private contracting capacity to build facilities supporting the treatment of Ebola victims.

“And so that enabled us to reduce the force” originally foreseen as necessary, he added. “Right around 3,000 is what we’re looking at.”

Volesky is commander of the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Speaking on the same phone call to reporters at the Pentagon, the U.S. ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, said the Ebola crisis in Liberia is not over.

“We are not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination,” she said.