By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) - Soldiers at a West Texas Army post are learning to use germ-proof suits and other equipment ahead of a deployment to West Africa where they’ll participate in a U.S. military mission in areas affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Fort Bliss spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Peters says about 100 soldiers of the 2-501st General Support Aviation Battalion will deploy later this month and about 400 more will follow in November.

The mission will last about nine months and there is a “high probability” it will be in Liberia, one of three countries where more than 7,470 people have been infected by the Ebola virus.

The soldiers who trained Tuesday are expected to provide logistical support in the effort and have minimal contact with those infected by the virus.

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