Updated 08:03 PM EST, Mon, Mar 08, 2021

Ebola Virus 2014 Outbreak News Update & Death Toll: US Troops Arrive in Liberia, Other Nations Pledge Assistance

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As the Ebola death toll continues to climb, federal law officials have finally started to take further offensive measures in order to combat the deadly disease.


The World Health Organization raised to death toll to those who have been killed by Ebola to 4,033 out of more than 8,000 infected individuals. According to CBS, David Nabarro has said that the number of cases is doubling every three-to-four weeks and that the response from the world has not been anywhere near the level that it needs to be at.


U.S. military forces have mobilized on Liberia and are expected to help the initiatives of getting the disease contained and controlled. 100 Marines entered the country on Thursday, totaling to around 300 troops in the area now. Eventually as many as 1,400 troops will be deployed to Liberia this month, with 3,000 going in the Fall.


As part of the treatment efforts, the military has begun building a hospital for health workers stricken with the disease. Liberia is the country that has been hit with the disease the hardest since the Ebola outbreak. The hospital is expected to have 25-beds. Scott Giberson, the acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General said that the facility will be ready in a few weeks.


"We're in training right now. As you may know, not everybody is fully experienced in seeing Ebola related patients." Giberson said.

There are also a number of other officials that have stepped forward to help stop the spread of Ebola. president Barack Obama has requested $1 billion for Ebola, including what money was left over from Afghanistan war money (with $750 million being approved by lawmakers). The European Commission has pledged $228 million with Australia donating $16 million. Othe countries such as China, Cuba and Britain have also pledged troops and medical supplies to be sent  to the area.


Liberian President Ellen Johnson proposed greater power to restrict movement in public gatherings at a recent legislation meeting, but lawmakers rejected it. It is believed that the measure fell through because assemblyman were afraid of giving the government too much power.


"I see a kind of police state creeping in," lawmaker Bhofal Chambers said before the vote. It is important to note that Chambers was at one time a supporter of Sirleaf.


It remains to be seen if any of the efforts that are on display from the nations of the world will be effective in controlling what Shias thus far been beyond the ability of anyone to truly contain.

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