Pentagon Announces It Will Quarantine Soldiers Returning From Ebola Mission

National Journal – by Jordain Carney

All soldiers returning from the Ebola mission in West Africa will undergo a 21-day quarantine.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered military leaders to develop a plan within 15 days on how to carry out the “controlled monitoring regimen” for the approximately 4,000 troops that could be involved in the military’s Ebola operations, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, in a statement Wednesday.  

Hagel “believes these initial steps are prudent given the large number of military personnel transiting from their home base and West Africa and the unique logistical demands and impact this deployment has on the force,” Kirby said. “The secretary’s highest priority is the safety and security of our men and women in uniform and their families.”

The decision to quarantine all troops will be reviewed after 45 days to determine “whether or not such controlled monitoring should continue.”

The military-wide quarantine decision comes two days after Army leadership announced that all of its troops involved in the Ebola mission would undergo a quarantine.

Kirby, on Tuesday, defended the military’s decision to even consider a quarantine for troops who won’t be coming into contact with Ebola patients. Such a move goes beyond the recommended Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines released Monday. CDC Director Tom Frieden said that “high-risk individuals,” including those who cared for someone suffering from Ebola without wearing protective gear, should voluntarily isolate themselves within their homes.

“Nothing has changed about the fact that we hold their safety and their security to be our prime responsibility,” Kirby told reporters. “The secretary is very committed to that.”

http://www.nationaljournal.com/defense/pentagon-announces-it-will-quarantine-all-soldiers-returning-from-ebola-mission-20141029

3 thoughts on “Pentagon Announces It Will Quarantine Soldiers Returning From Ebola Mission

  1. How many Americans have died from Ebloa? Can we say 0 is the good #?
    How many Americans have died from Enterovirus D-68 and the other virus’s that have come here across the southern boarder? And how many have died from crimes like drunk driving, murder, that illegals have done here in the U.S. 5,000,10,000,50,000,more? It is a very big # and getting bigger each day.
    And we are not doing a thing to stop it! But we are going to lock up nurse,s and our troops for 21 days.
    Hell DHS is bussing illegals in and all over the U.S. One day they are in Mexico next your back yard.

  2. “The secretary’s highest priority is the safety and security of our men and women in uniform and their families.”

    Lying POS.

    The secretary’s highest priority is to his jew masters.

  3. They should all be quarantined at the Whitehouse since “The President” thought it was such a great idea to expose them to the virus, let him be the first to catch the virus.

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