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North Dakota National Guard Prepares Soldiers for Deployments to West Africa

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has many people worried and taking extra precautions when visiting the area.

The North Dakota National Guard has many members traveling to and from Ghana, a country in West Africa.

The Ebola outbreak has not been reported there, but the guard takes precautions whenever they send soldiers to a foreign country.

Each year guard members receive a thorough health assessment.

They check to see if they are up to date on vaccinations and healthy enough to travel.

Guard members also receive pills to prevent illness from diseases, like malaria, when visiting foreign countries.

Currently there is no vaccination for Ebola -- but the National Guard prepares soldiers the best they can before going to Ghana.

"Right now all we do is preventive treatment. We let them know that it's a contact only with an infected individual so they have to take precautions to stay away from anybody that may have the illness," says Deputy Brian Keller, ND National Guard Deputy State Surgeon.

The ND National Guard currently ranks number one in military medical readiness.


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