Royal Marines go ashore at Sierra Leone to fight ebola

Royal Marines from Plymouth have gone ashore at Sierra Leone as part of efforts to fight the Ebola epidemic. They arrived on the RFA Argus, which sailed out of Falmouth this autumn.

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Cornish troops head to Africa to help with Ebola outbreak

Medical exercises have been taking place before Army medics are sent to Sierra Leone Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

More than 750 military personnel are being sent to West Africa to help in the efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak.

The announcement comes as the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the US, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died in hospital in Texas. The World Health Organisation has warned that sporadic cases in Europe are now "unavoidable."

It's understood RFA Argus will also be sent to Sierra Leone, along with three helicopters.

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