U.S. Troops Deployed to Fight Ebola in West Africa Are Coming Home

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A U.S.-built Ebola treatment center in Liberia.Photo: ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images

Now that the Ebola outbreak has mostly tapered off, President Obama will announce at a press conference on Wednesday that almost all of the 3,000 U.S. military personnel sent to help fight the disease in West Africa are coming home. Administration officials tell the New York Times that most troops will be withdrawn by April, with 100 remaining in Liberia to maintain U.S.-built health-care centers. During the ceremony, Obama will meet with six of the eight Americans survivors and thank those who contributed to the U.S. effort to control the outbreak. He’ll also emphasize that the U.S. isn’t abandoning its effort to eradicate the disease, the tactics are just shifting. “There’s a lot of work left to be done,” said Ebola czar Ron Klain, who’s stepping down this week. “We have to get all the way to zero, and we’re not going to stop until that’s achieved.”