|Cuban health workers have their temperatures taken upon arrival at Roberts Airport outside Monrovia October 22, 2014 (STRINGER/REUTERS)|
A team of Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on record alongside a U.S. military mission deploying in the West Africa country.
A jet from the national airline Cubana carrying the 51 medical personnel touched down at the Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia, a stone’s throw from a new Ebola clinic built by U.S. force
The doctors and nurses, dressed in white uniforms, disembarked from the aircraft waving Cuban flags.
The United States is gradually deploying troops to Liberia as part of a 3,000-strong mission to help overwhelmed West African nations cope with the epidemic by building Ebola treatment units and training local medical staff.
Washington’s relations with Havana have remained frosty since the Cold War, when the United States broke diplomatic ties and imposed a comprehensive trade embargo on the Communist-run Caribbean island.