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Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

4 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, September 17 2014 Sep 17, 2014 September 17, 2014 5:15 AM September 17, 2014 in News
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has a plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Calling the Ebola crisis a threat to world security, Obama is ordering up to 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region along with an aggressive effort to train health care workers and deliver field hospitals.

Under the plan, the U.S. could end up devoting $1 billion to containing the disease.

Obama traveled to Atlanta on Tuesday for briefings with doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from Emory University, where aid workers with Ebola have been treated.

One of them, American doctor Kent Brantly, says there's no time to waste.

Brantly told senators Tuesday that they can't afford to wait months, or even weeks, to take action.

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