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NH National Guardsman Returns Home from West Africa

A National Guardsman, who spent over a month in West Africa assisting with the Ebola Crisis, has returned home to New Hampshire after his mandatory quarantine.

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    A National Guardsman, who spent over a month in West Africa assisting with the Ebola Crisis, has returned home to New Hampshire after his mandatory quarantine. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014)

    A National Guardsman, who spent over a month in West Africa assisting with the Ebola Crisis, has returned home to New Hampshire after his mandatory quarantine.

    Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Africa, General Peter Corey had been deployed to West Africa several times, but says his most recent visit was much different.

    General Corey says the Ebola outbreak had gotten so bad by late summer, Liberians were becoming hopeless, but when the U.S. announced it's plan to send troops to aid in the fight, Corey remembers the country "suddenly had hope".

    Corey's troops first arrived in Liberia in late September to prepare for the thousands of troops headed to West Africa soon after them. They designed and began building 12 Ebola treatment units and a mobile hospital.

    Corey says their mobile labs accelerated diagnosis and allowed healed patients to be released sooner.

    After 33 days in Liberia, Corey and about 80 other soldiers returned to the U.S. Army Africa base in Italy where they spent 21 days in quarantine.

    Since his mission, General Corey says the number of new Ebola cases in Libera have declined.  

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