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Is that fence to keep people out or the patients in? U.S. troops set up at first Ebola field hospital in Liberia and start with a barbed wire perimeter
- American troops in Liberia are battling difficult conditions as they look to build almost 20 field hospitals in the disease-ravaged country
- Poor infrastructure, difficulties with equipment and torrential rains have all slowed the U.S. military’s response
- On Monday afternoon soldiers erected a barbed wire around what will become one of the treatment centers
- It isn’t immediately clear if the fence was to help protect the camp or to prevent sick patients escaping
- The first treatment center should be ready to accept patients by the end of the month
- American journalist Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted the disease in Liberia has now returned to the U.S. to be treated at Nebraska Medical Center
American troops have arrived at Ebola’s ground zero in Liberia in a bid to battle the outbreak in the country hardest hit by the deadly disease.
Poor infrastructure, difficulties with equipment and torrential rains slowed the U.S. military’s initial response, but by Monday afternoon U.S. soldiers had started to erect barbed wire around what will be one of almost 20 treatment centers.
It isn’t immediately clear if the fence is to help protect the camp from possible looters or to prevent sick patients escaping.
Liberia is the country hit hardest by the largest Ebola outbreak on record, accounting for about two-thirds of the total 3,338 deaths recorded in the region since the beginning of the year.
The first treatment center, a 25-bed clinic located near the airport in the capital Monrovia, will be reserved for contaminated healthcare workers.
It should be ready to accept patients at the end of the month, according to spokesman Chuck Prichard at the U.S. military’s Africa Command.