The U.S. military is forming a 30-person medical team in preparation for any additional cases of Ebola in the United States.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement that the medical team will include 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease, and five trainers in infectious disease protocols. Kirby said,
In response to a request from the Department of Health and Human Services—and as an added prudent measure to ensure our nation is ready to respond quickly, effectively, and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States—Secretary Hagel today ordered his Northern Command Commander, Gen. Chuck Jacoby, to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could, if required, provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States.
This military medical team will not be deployed overseas and will only be deployed domestically.
The team will begin specialized training at Fort Sam Houston in infection control and the use of personal protective equipment within the next week. Once the training is completed, the team members will remain in a “prepare to deploy” status for 30 days when they will be available to be sent to any location in the United States if public health officials deem it necessary.
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