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Ft. Campell soldiers prepare to head into the ebola zone

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP/)WMOT — Soldiers from Ft. Campbell  are preparing for their upcoming deployment to Africa with a color casing ceremony Tuesday.

Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division are deploying to the West African nation of Liberia as part of the U.S. military's mission aimed at building Ebola care centers and training hundreds of health care workers.

During a recent press conference, President Obama called the virus a threat to national security.

“The bottom line is that we’re doing everything that we can, number one, that the American people are safe and I’m confident that we’re going to be able to do that. But we’re also going to need to make sure that we stop this epidemic at its source.”

The virus has infected nearly 7,500 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and killed more than 3,400, though experts say the actual number is likely much higher.