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    A Liberian woman holds up a pamphlet with guidance on how to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading

WASHINGTON >> The commander of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, says a handful of his soldiers are already in Liberia, and more head there next week to build treatment centers and begin training medical personnel.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky says his soldiers went through a two days of training with the Center for Disease Control professionals and others to learn about the Ebola threat. He says medical personnel from Fort Detrick, Maryland, will be in Kentucky this week to give soldiers a six-hour training session on protective measures, including how to wear special protection  equipment.

He says the soldiers are being told not to shake hands with people in Liberia and to wash their hands frequently.

From 3,000 to 4,000 101st Division soldiers will be going to Liberia.

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