Date :Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 | Time : 13:27 |ID: 17155 | Print

Ebola outbreak: UK sending 750 troops to Sierra Leone

SHAFAQNA- The UK is sending 750 military personnel to Sierra Leone to help deal with the deadly Ebola outbreak, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed.

The UK will also send medical ship the RFA Argus and three helicopters. The personnel will be deployed next week.

It comes as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was “now entirely possible that someone with Ebola will come to the UK either by one route or another”.

More than 3,000 people have died in the outbreak, mostly in West Africa.

In Sierra Leone the death toll is at least 678. Save the Children has said the rate of infection is rapidly increasing, with five new cases every hour.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far infected more than 7,500 people in the worst outbreak yet.


Source: BBC News


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