WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama gave authorization to the Pentagon Thursday to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they’re needed to help in the U.S. response the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. That’s according to the Associated Press.
The U.S. has already committed 4,000 military personnel to go to that region to provide logistics and build treatment facilities to battle the quickly spreading virus.
Obama signed the order Thursday that lets the Pentagon use reservists and Guard troops. He also notified congressional leaders about his decision.
The troops will not be providing direct health care aid in West Africa.
Nearly 4,500 people have died from Ebola, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.