Hagel Undecided on Ebola Troops Quarantine

Posted October 29, 2014 at 9:59am

Army Times reports that “the military’s top officers are recommending a sweeping rule imposing a 21-day quarantine on all troops returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has made no final decision, defense officials said Tuesday.”  

“The recommendation officially delivered by the Joint Chiefs of Staff raises new concerns about the safety of the nearly 4,000 troops expected to deploy to Liberia during the next several weeks. Military officials say those troops will not have direct contact with Ebola patients but instead will be providing logistical support and building new treatment facilities for civilian health care workers.”  

“Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, declined to offer details of the chiefs’ recommendation, which runs counter to the current guidance from civilian health experts who say a quarantine is not necessary for people who show no symptoms of the often-deadly disease.”