October 6th, 2014
11:26 AM ET

U.S. Troops Are Set to Deploy to West Africa: Will They Be Safe?

A U.S. general heading to Liberia to help the effort to fight Ebola is speaking out about the processes and procedures his troops are undertaking to stay safe.

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky will be deploying to West Africa in two weeks with 700 troops, but he tells "New Day" he doesn't expect soldiers will be in areas near infected people.

"We aren't going to be out there with the patients themselves," he says. "We're not going to be treating people that are infected."

Maj. Gen. Volesky says the group is in pre-deployment training to prepare themselves for the environment in Liberia but, despite the fact there's been 3,458 cases and 1,830 deaths related to Ebola in the country, they do not expect to come in contact with Ebola patients.

The commander says this is possible as the group will be building Ebola treatment units and then turning those facilities over to partners who will run the centers.

He adds: "We'll take all the appropriate measures to make sure we've protected ourselves."


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October 6th, 2014
08:18 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – October 6, 2014

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, October 6, 2014
A Nigerian sea port health official uses a thermometer to screen a Ukrainian crew member for Ebola.
October 6th, 2014
12:10 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, October 6, 2014

Airport screenings for Ebola cases may pick up. Democracy protesters in Hong Kong ignore a police clear-out deadline. And ISIS is on the verge of a big gain.

It's Monday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."


Not so easy: As Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Duncan slid into critical condition over the weekend, word spread that U.S. airports may beef up screenings to catch new cases, as they arrive in the country. "All options are on the table,” a federal official said. But it may not be that simple. Not too many flights come here directly from Ebola-affected countries, so many passengers take roundabout routes. That makes it harder to track them down.

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