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Military quarantines returning US soldiers in Italy for 3 weeks; includes general

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CBS reported Monday that U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia are being placed in isolation in Italy to be monitored for Ebola symptoms.

According to CBS: 

The soldiers being monitored include Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams who was the commander of the U.S. Army in Africa but turned over duties to the 101st Airborne Division over the weekend, Martin reports. There are currently 11 soldiers in isolation.

They apparently were met by Carabinieri in full hazmat suits. If the policy remains in effect, everyone returning from Liberia – several hundred – will be placed in isolation for 21 days. Thirty are expected in today, Martin reports.

A Pentagon spokesman calls it “enhanced monitoring.” The soldiers are confined to a building and unable to see their families, Martin reports. The decision made by the Army and applies only to soldiers returning from Liberia. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will decide whether to make isolation apply to members of all services returning from Liberia.

The news comes on the same day it was announced that quarantined Ebola health care worker Kaci Hickox will be released from New Jersey isolation. The White House put pressure on the state’s governor and mayor to let the woman go and Hickox threatened to sue if she were not allowed to leave.

Michele Kirk

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