Ebola Update US ends mission in Liberia

The five-month mission was officially ended on Thursday, February 26, after cases of the disease declined in the West African country.

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US Army Major General Gary Volesky speaks during a ceremony marking the start of his tenure as head of Ebola troops in Liberia on October 25, 2014. play

US Army Major General Gary Volesky speaks during a ceremony marking the start of his tenure as head of Ebola troops in Liberia on October 25, 2014.

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The United States has officially ended its Ebola mission in Liberia, months earlier than expected.

The five-month mission was officially ended on Thursday, February 26, after cases of the disease declined in the West African country.

The US sent about 2,800 troops to Liberia to help build treatment centers, most of which are now empty due to the waning of the epidemic.

“While our large scale military mission is ending...the fight to get to zero cases will continue and the (Joint Force Command) has ensured capabilities were brought that will be sustained in the future,” U.S. Army Major General Gary Volesky said.

The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed her gratitude to the US for the help rendered.

"America responded, you did not run from Liberia," She told US lawmakers during a recent visit to Washington.

Liberia was one of the worst hit by the Ebola outbreak and currently accounts for the most deaths from the disease which has killed 9,500 people.

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