(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost his country's involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
The plan would involve a greater involvement of the U.S. military in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the proposal.
- 2 Ebola Patients Coming To U.S.
- Obama arrives to look at a copy of the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key's "The Star Spangled Banner" at Fort McHenry in Baltimore
- Liberia's President Sirleaf speaks to the media following a UN High Level panel meeting at Number 10 Downing Street, London
- A general view of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta
- International Christian mission organization SIM missionary doctor Rick Sacra
- Doctor Rick Sacra
See more photos »
- Stricken doctor requests experimental Ebola serum be given to Charlotte missionary
- Concern grows over worsening Ebola crisis
- WHO responds to Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa
The U.S. government has already committed around $100 million to tackle the outbreak by providing protective equipment for healthcare workers, food, water, medical and hygiene equipment.
Obama could ask Congress for an additional $88 million to fund his proposal, the WSJ reported. Plan details are expected during Obama's visit Tuesday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
The move would come just days after Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appealed to Obama for urgent aid, saying that without it her country would lose the fight against the disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the epidemic is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where more than half of the deaths have been recorded.
The U.S. military said recently it would build a 25-bed field hospital in Liberia to care for infected health workers but it would hand it to Liberians to run.
On Friday, the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac said Washington would train security forces in isolation operations, after a boy was shot dead last month when Liberian soldiers opened fire on a crowd protesting at a quarantine in a Monrovia neighborhood.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos in New York; Editing by Eric Walsh)