Liberian president says she hopes promised US anti-Ebola aid spurs world into further action

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Health workers in protective gear move the body of a person that they suspect dyed form the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)


MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia's president is welcoming promised U.S. military aid to fight Ebola and says she hopes it spurs the international community into further action.

President Barrack Obama announced Tuesday he will order 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to help contain the dreaded disease, which has killed at least 2,400 people. The U.S. is also planning 17 treatment centers of 100 beds each in Liberia.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday called that commitment significant and said she hopes it will only be the beginning.

"We hope this decision by the United States will spur the rest of the international community into action," she said in a statement read by a spokesman.

She said the world community has a stake in ending the outbreak that's affected five nations.

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