The team will consist of 20 critical-care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease, and five trainers in infectious-disease protocols.
"Once formed, team members will be sent to Ft. Sam Houston in Texas for up to seven days of specialized training in infection control and personal protective equipment," Kirby said in a statement. "That training is expected to start within the next week or so and will be provided by the
Once the team is trained, they will remain in Texas in a "prepare to deploy" status for 30 days, available to be sent to other U.S. locations as required, he said. The team will not be sent to West Africa, where the Ebola virus is running rampant, or elsewhere overseas.
The epidemic has killed about 4,500 people in West Africa since last spring, according to the World Health Organization.
Troops have also built a 25-bed hospital in Liberia for health workers who come down with the disease. It has been completed but is not yet operational, officials said.
More than 500 U.S. military personnel are now building the infrastructure in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the disease. Other U.S. troops are working at an airport cargo facility in Dakar, Senegal.