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Sep 16, 2014 5:36 AM

China to send Ebola lab team to Sierra Leone

The Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) The World Health Organization says China is sending a laboratory team to Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak, as international efforts to stop the dreaded disease ramp up.

The United States is expected to announce later Tuesday that it will send 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide medical and logistical support and will provide 1,700 new treatment beds.

The Ebola outbreak has also touched Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal and is blamed for around 2,400 deaths. Some hospitals and clinics must turn the sick away because they don't have enough space to treat everyone.

A lack of labs that can test for Ebola has also slowed efforts to contain the disease. The 59-person Chinese team will include lab experts, epidemiologists, clinicians and nurses.


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