Obama Pledges Troops, Medical Aid to Contain Ebola

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The World Health Organization says nearly $1 billion is needed to curb the spread of Ebola to "within the tens of thousands." On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to send over 3,000 troops to help fight the deadly virus, centered largely in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak has infected nearly 5,000 people and killed about half of those, according to the WHO, with officials expecting thousands more to die. We get the latest updates on the spread of the virus and efforts to combat it.


Michele Barry, professor at Stanford School of Medicine and director of Stanford's Center for Innovation in Global Health; she started a fundraising campaign the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, which killed her colleague Dr. Samuel Brisbane

Dan Kelly, UCSF researcher and co-founder of the Wellbody Alliance; he recently returned from Africa, where he taught 1,000 health care workers how to protect themselves from the Ebola virus

Dan Epstein, spokesperson in Washington, D.C. for the World Health Organization (WHO)

Tomi Oladipo, BBC correspondent in Lagos, Nigeria