Pentagon to Send Reservists to West Africa for Ebola Fight

The Pentagon is calling 2,100 Army Reserve and National Guard troops to active duty to go to West Africa as part of the U.S. effort to fight the Ebola outbreak, officials said Friday.

The troops will replace active-duty forces in Senegal and Liberia, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

“All soldiers will conduct regionally specific training on Ebola prevention, malaria prevention, other medical threats and medical readiness requirements before deploying,” he said. “As we rotate U.S. military personnel, we will take all prudent steps necessary to ensure their safety and implement procedures and protocols to reduce or eliminate the risk of transmission of the Ebola virus.”