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US opens Ebola treatment unit

Published:Tuesday | November 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A woman reacts (centre) as health-care workers load the body of a family member suspected of dying from Ebola on to the back of a truck in Jene-Wonde, Liberia.
Health-care workers load the body of a dead woman suspected of dying from Ebola, on to the back of a truck in Jene-Wonde, Liberia.


The United States has opened the first of 17 Ebola treatment units it is building in Liberia.

Officials gathered for the ceremony yesterday in Tubmanburg, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of the capital, Monrovia. The World Health Organisation has said that the number of people with Ebola appears to be in decline in the capital, but cases are popping up in other areas of the West African country.

Local official Samuel Brown called the opening of the first 100-bed unit "history-making", Liberia has lost 2,766 people to the deadly virus.

The US has also authorised the Pentagon to deploy up to 4,000 service members to West Africa.

Liberia's Vice-President, Joseph Boakai, praised the intervention but cautioned that much more needs to be done to fight Ebola.