U.S. President Barack Obama says Ebola is ''spiraling out of control'' and pledges military support in Liberia to help contain the deadly epidemic. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The rampant Ebola virus has killed nearly 2,500 people in West Africa. And in answering the Liberian government's pleas for help, U.S. President Obama has pledged to send 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to combat the virus. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We're going to establish a military command center in Liberia to support civilian efforts across the region, similar to our response after the Haiti earthquake." This comes just hours after a meeting with the American man well-known for overcoming the virus -- Dr. Kent Brantly. He encouraged Obama to step-up the war against Ebola. And gave a fiery testimony before a Senate committee: (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. KENT BRANTLY, SAYING: "It is a fire straight from the pit of hell. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that the vast moat of the Atlantic Ocean will protect us from the flames of this fire." While at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Obama reiterated that his administration will take every precaution against an outbreak on American soil: (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We're working to help flight crews identify people who are sick, and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus." But the war on Ebola comes with a steep price tag. The Obama administration has requested an additional $88 million from Congress to fight it.