U.S. Troops Returning from West Africa Being Placed in ‘Controlled Monitoring’
Earlier today, Fox News’ Ed Henry asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest what the White House plan is for U.S. troops who are in West Africa helping combat the Ebola outbreak. And while that may be further clarified later this week, military officials told CNN today that several U.S. personnel who were in West Africa are currently in “controlled monitoring” in Italy.
Pentagon officials are not using the word “quarantine,” but it sounds a little like one. Eleven U.S. personnel will be staying at a U.S. military installation in Italy for 21 days (the incubation period for Ebola), they’re being kept in an isolated, controlled location, they have to get temperature checks twice a day, and they aren’t allowed to leave.
That being said, none of them have exhibited any symptoms yet. Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, one of the personnel members being monitored, had said a few days ago in Liberia, “As long as you exercise basic sanitation and cleanliness sort of protocols using the chlorine wash on your hands and your feet, get your temperature taken, limiting the exposure, the — no handshaking, those sorts of protocols, I think the risk is relatively low.”
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