As Obama administration officials sought to reassure Americans about efforts to contain Ebola in the wake of the first U.S. case, the military announced Friday that an additional 1,000 troops could be sent to West Africa to help fight the virus.
And that number could go higher than that, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.
“I’m not going to put a floor or ceiling on this,” Kirby said.
President Obama initially ordered 3,000 troops to West Africa to help build hospitals, labs and treatment centers and provide logistics help. They are not going to treat Ebola victims.