Canadian military personnel deploy on Ebola assistance mission
The Ebola Virus is shown in this undated electron micrograph photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. (FILE PHOTO)
About 40 members of the Canadian Forces left Saturday on their way to help in the battle against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Department of National Defence said.
The deployment was announced late last month, along with an addition $20.9 million in humanitarian aid that brings Canada's total aid commitment to $113.5 million.
Canadian military doctors, nurses, medics and support staff will first travel to the U.K., where they will receive specialized training at the British Army Medical Services Training Centre in Strensall before flying to Sierra Leone later this month.
The deployment is expected to last six months. Personnel will be rotated every two months, the DND said.
"I am proud our Canadian Armed Force professionals and support staff members will meaningfully contribute to this important international mission," Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said in a news release.
The current Ebola outbreak, which began in March, has infected some 17,256 people and killed 6,113 in the three worst-affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - according to the World Health Organization.