UPDATE 3:28 PM: The White House briefing on Ebola has been delayed an hour. The new live stream will happen at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The following article reflects this change.
Senior White House officials are expected to speak about Ebola and the government’s response to the outbreak around 3:30 p.m. EDT. Live stream footage of the Ebola briefing can be viewed here at the official White House website.
The White House address came hours after the Pentagon announced the U.S. military is sending hundreds more troops to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak there. On top of U.S. President Barack Obama’s deploying 3,000 troops to Africa to help build treatment centers and labs, the military will send an additional 1,000 troops to the region, where Ebola has killed more than 3,000 people, officials said Friday. Most of the soldiers, including the initial 3,000, will arrive later this month. There are currently about 230 troops in West Africa, most of them in Liberia where Ebola has hit the hardest.
NBC News Cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who has spent time covering the outbreak in Liberia, tested positive for the Ebola virus on Thursday. He will be flown back to the U.S. for treatment at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
A man in Dallas, Texas, who contracted Ebola before traveling to the U.S. and is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, came to the U.S. to marry his girlfriend, a local pastor said, according to Bloomberg. Thomas Eric Duncan became ill a few days after he arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20. Health experts believe Duncan may have directly exposed 12 to 18 people with whom he had direct contact. Health officials are monitoring dozens of others in the area who may have had contact with Duncan.
In Georgia, an inmate is reportedly being tested for Ebola after he told authorities he was recently in Africa and had developed a fever while in custody. He was arrested overnight for a DUI and has been transferred to a medical facility, CBS Atlanta reports.
Here is the White House live stream on the U.S. government’s response to Ebola: