U.S. ready to take the lead in Ebola fight

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After an in-person briefing from the staff at the Centers for Disease Control, President Barack Obama  announced a "major increase" in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The United States will send troops and material to build field hospitals, additional health care workers, community care kits and medical supplies. The deadly virus has killed at least 2,400 people, and thousands more are infected. "The number of new cases is increasing exponentially," the WHO said, calling the situation a "dire emergency with ... unprecedented dimensions of human suffering.""Men and women and children are just sitting, waiting to die right now," Obama said. The CDC already has hundreds of professionals on the ground in what the President described as the "largest international response in the history of the CDC, but they still have no idea how much of a difference it will make.


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The U.S. is sending out troops and materials to help people who have been infected with the mass outbreak of Ebola. Many people who have been infected are being treated and are given another chance to live on with their life. Obama describes the people with Ebola by saying "Men and women and children are just sitting, waiting to die right now,". However now with the treatment, everyone is given another opportunity. With the troops and materials sent in, everyone is being treated equal. "We know that if we take the proper steps, we can save lives. But we have to act fast," Obama says. Everyone's life is equal. No one person's life is above the others, everyone is a priority and troops are trying their best to help everyone. Thus everyone is being given an equal opportunity to go on with their life and make the best of it.

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