The UK is sending 750 military personnel to Sierra Leone to help deal with the deadly Ebola outbreak, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed, the BBC reports.
The UK will also send medical ship the RFA Argus and three helicopters. The personnel will be deployed next week.
It comes as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was “now entirely possible that someone with Ebola will come to the UK either by one route or another”.
The latest figures show 3,879 people have died in the West African epidemic.
The vast majority of deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where 879 have died.
There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far infected more than 8,000 people in the worst outbreak yet.
British troops will help to establish treatment centres and a training academy, with the ship and helicopters providing support.