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    China is raising its assistance in the fight against Ebola by dispatching an additional 232 army medical workers to West Africa.

    MOSCOW, January 13 (Sputnik) – Beijing will dispatch 232 army medical workers to Liberia and Sierra Leone to help battle the Ebola epidemic that has killed 5,000 people, reports Reuters.

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    The latest team will depart on Tuesday evening, with 154 of the medical workers headed to Liberia and 78 to Sierra Leone, according to the China Daily newspaper.

    They will join 43 army doctors and 35 specialists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control who are already working in Sierra Leone. Already, they have treated 61 patients and trained 1,600 local medical workers.

    "Fighting Ebola is not a regional battle, but should be supported globally,'' said deputy director of the National Health and Family Planning Ministry Cui Li, reported Reuters.

    China, which has not reported any Ebola cases, has already provided $121m in cash and supplies to the fight against the disease in West Africa.

    Chinese medical teams have significant experience working at home against infectious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, and avian flu.

    The country is also looking to increase its humanitarian and diplomatic engagement with Africa on a level proportionate with its economic involvement in the continent, reports Associated Press.

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