Germany asks soldiers to volunteer to fight Ebola

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2014 10:55 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister is asking for volunteers from the country's military to staff a clinic it plans to set up in West Africa, where the deadly Ebola disease has claimed more than 2,600 lives.

In a memo circulated Monday, Ursula von der Leyen appealed to soldiers and civilian employees to "voluntarily make yourselves available for this unusual mission."

Von der Leyen assured potential volunteers that they would be properly trained and compensated, and "in case of emergency you can rely on being brought back to Germany."

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Von der Leyen did not say how many people would be needed to staff the foreseen 50-bed clinic.