American soldiers take part in a ceremony marking the end of their mission to fight Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, February 26, 2015. REUTERS/James Giahyue
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The United States staged a military ceremony Thursday to end its five-month Ebola mission in Liberia, with the west African nation in recovery from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.A force that at one point reached 2,800 has been gradually scaled back since the epidemic began to recede, and the Pentagon has announced that "nearly all" troops will be gone by the end of April.Volesky said the mission was originally expected to last up to 18 months, rotating thousands of troops.The U.S. forces, the vast majority of whom were stationed in Liberia, constructed Ebola treatment units, trained 1,500 health workers, provided logistical support for aid agencies and set up labs to test blood samples.The end of the mission comes with Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visiting Washington to thank the American people for their contribution to Liberia's recovery.
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