Pentagon joins fight against Ebola outbreak

The Pentagon will send a portable 25-bed hospital to Liberia to help care for healthcare workers who contracted Ebola there.

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The move represents the U.S. military's first major foray into Ebola relief in West Africa, where the virus has killed more than 2,000 people in five countries.

Health workers and disaster experts had recommended that the Department of Defense get involved on behalf of the U.S. government.

Officials with the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control say the epidemic is spiraling out of control and requires a surge of volunteer doctors, nurses and support personnel to reverse. But finding those volunteers has been difficult given the weak guarantee of medical care for health workers who become ill themselves.

A mix of uniformed and civilian medical personnel will set up the hospital, which will be primarily staffed by aid groups, according to a Pentagon spokesman who briefed reporters Monday.