Pentagon creating rapid-response Ebola medical team

Pentagon creating rapid-response Ebola medical team
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The Pentagon is assembling a 30-member medical team to swiftly respond to any future cases of Ebola in the United States, the Defense Department announced Sunday.

The effort is "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," the Pentagon said in a statement.

Assembled at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services, the team will include 20 nurses, five doctors specializing in infectious diseases, and five infectious disease protocol trainers. After a short training period, the team will be ready to deploy around the U.S. — though it will not be sent abroad.

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