Mandatory Quarantine For Troops Returning From Ebola Areas

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Suzanne Robertson
Top commanders for the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps made the recommendation to Hagel.

Today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that U.S. troops returning from Ebola-stricken nations will be isolated for 21 days, the incubation period for the deadly Ebola virus. 

Top commanders for the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps made the recommendation to Hagel yesterday. The isolation policy will be reviewed in 45 days to assess necessity. 

Rear Admaral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said "The secretary believes these initial steps are prudent." 

The isolation decision exceeds the Pentagon guidelines urging only that troops returning are subjected to medical monitoring.

During their deployment to West Africa, U.S. troops are not treating Ebola patients. Members of the armed forces are assigned to building medical facilities, training and testing blood samples for the virus.

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