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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:04 pm 
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US troops returning from Liberia (where they were involved with the construction of a 25-bed facility for HCWs) have been placed into quarantine in Italy.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:06 pm 
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CBS/APOctober 27, 2014, 11:20 AM
U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia monitored for Ebola in Italy

U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia are being placed in isolation in Vicenza, Italy out of concern for the Ebola virus, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.

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.


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The World Health Organization said more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola in the outbreak that came to light last March, and nearly half of them have died, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, assumed command in Liberia on Saturday of the growing contingent of U.S. forces in Liberia.

"You need our support demonstrated with action not words, and action is exactly what we are going to provide," Volesky said.

A 25-bed hospital in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, should be fully operational in the first week of November. American doctors and nurses will care for infected health care workers there. About 600 U.S. service members are now in Liberia - which was established almost 200 years ago for former slaves from America, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.S. also set up Ebola testing labs.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ebola-outbr ... -in-italy/

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:09 pm 
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AFP Africa ‏@AFPAfrica 14m14 minutes ago
AFP #BREAKING Pentagon says US troops returning from West Africa isolated in Italy

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:12 pm 
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Army major general, troops quarantined after Ebola aid trip
By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
updated 11:42 AM EDT, Mon October 27, 2014
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The commander of U.S. Army Africa and 10 others are in "controlled monitoring" in Italy.
The team just spent 30 days in Liberia helping with the Ebola crisis.
There's no indication that anyone on the team has symptoms of Ebola.
It's unclear why they're undergoing this kind of monitoring, which is not Pentagon policy.

(CNN) -- Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, and approximately 10 other personnel are now in "controlled monitoring" in Italy after returning there from West Africa over the weekend, according to multiple U.S. military officials.
The American personnel are effectively under quarantine, but Pentagon officials declined to use that terminology.
William's plane was met on the ground by Italian authorities "in full CDC gear," the official said referring to the type of protective equipment warn by U.S. health care workers.
There is no indication at this time any of the team have symptoms of Ebola.
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They will be monitored for 21 days at a "separate location" at the U.S. military installation at Vicenza Italy, according to U.S. military officials. Senior Pentagon officials say it is not a "quarantine," but rather "controlled monitoring." However, the troops are being housed in an access controlled location on base, and are not allowed to go home for the 21 day period while they undergo twice daily temperature checks.
It is not clear yet if they will be allowed visits from family members.
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Officials could not explain why the group was being put under into controlled monitoring, which is counter to the Pentagon policy. The current DOD policy on monitoring returning troops says "as long as individuals remain asymptomatic, they may return to work and routine daily activities with family members."
Williams and his team have been in West Africa for 30 days, to set up the initial U.S. military assistance there and have traveled extensively around Liberia. The team was in treatment and testing areas during their travels.
Speaking to reporters two weeks ago while he was still overseas in Liberia, Williams spoke of the extensive monitoring that he was given.
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"We measure, while we're here -- twice a day, are monitoring as required by the recent guidance that was put out while we're here in Liberia. I -- yesterday, I had my temperature taken, I think, eight times, before I got on and off aircraft, before I went in and out of the embassy, before I went out of my place where I'm staying," William said during the October 16 press conference.
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"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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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:45 am 
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29 October 2014 - 12H05
US soldiers' Ebola quarantine in Italy causes alarm

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The decision to put a dozen American soldiers returning from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than in the United States sparked controversy in Italy Wednesday.

"They shouldn't have been sent here, they should do their quarantine for Ebola at home," said the president of the region's assembly, Luca Zaia, insisting "it would have been more respectful" of the United States to have "thought about the risks posed to local citizens".

The Messaggero daily spoke of fears among the local population, with a rise in the number of calls to the emergency services from worried citizens. Soldiers from the base being given a wide berth in nearby pubs.

Zaia, a member of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, was not the only one to object to the US decision to quarantine the soldiers in Italy.

"The government must send all the US soldiers back to Washington," the anti-establishment Five Star party said, according to media reports.

Not only was information about the current state of health of the soldiers "limited to general reassurances from the American authorities", but there were fears other soldiers on the base "may have been in contact" with those returning from west Africa, they said.

The San Bortolo hospital in Vicenza has prepared a special isolation unit within its department for infectious diseases, with five beds ready for eventual Ebola cases.

The commander of the US military mission in Liberia, Major General Darryl Williams, began 21 days of isolation at the base in Vicenza along with 11 other members of his staff after returning from west Africa this week. None of them currently shows Ebola symptoms.

Another 35 American soldiers are expected to return from west Africa on Wednesday to the northern Italian base, where they will be put in isolation as well.

West Africa is the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak which has claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 people. The often deadly virus is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms such as fever or vomiting.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:19 am 
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Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops
By ROBERT BURNS
Oct. 29, 2014 11:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days.

The move goes beyond precautions recommended by the Obama administration for civilians, although President Barack Obama has made clear he feels the military's situation is different from that of civilians, in part because troops are not in West Africa by choice.

Hagel said he acted in response to a recommendation sent to him Tuesday by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on behalf of the heads of each of the military services. They cited numerous factors, including concerns among military families and the communities from which troops are deploying for the Ebola response mission.

Just over 1,000 U.S. troops are in Liberia and Senegal supporting efforts to combat the virus.

Hagel also directed the Joint Chiefs to provide him within 15 days a detailed implementation plan for how the supervised isolation of troops will be applied.

He also ordered the chiefs to conduct with 45 days a review of this new regimen, which Hagel called "controlled monitoring."

"This review will offer a recommendation on whether or not such controlled monitoring should continue based on what we learn and observe from the initial waves of personnel returning from Operation United Assistance," Hagel's spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said in a written statement, using the official name of the military mission against Ebola in Africa.

"The secretary 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 added. "The secretary's highest priority is the safety and security of our men and women in uniform and their families."

The Army, acting on its own, put a small number of returning soldiers on a 21-day quarantine in Italy earlier this week.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/9d87edff ... ine-troops

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:12 pm 
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US troops on Ebola duty in Africa to face 21-day quarantine despite low risk
US military not in direct contact with Ebola sufferers
CDC recommends 21-day isolation only for high-risk individuals
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A US army engineer pulls his protective suit over his head during training at Fort Carson in Colorado last week before being deployed to west Africa to help tackle the Ebola crisis. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters
Spencer Ackerman in New York
Wednesday 29 October 2014 12.28 EDT

US military personnel returning from anti-Ebola efforts in west Africa will be subject to a stricter quarantine than recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

The defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, has approved a plan from US military commanders for a “controlled monitoring regimen” lasting 21 days for troops deployed to Liberia and Senegal to help contain the outbreak. Over 3,900 service members are expected to join that effort, currently totalling 700, in the coming weeks. None of them come in direct contact with Ebola patients.

About a dozen US soldiers led by Major General Darryl Williams, who represented the initial complement of US troops sent to west Africa, are currently quarantined at a base in Vicenza, Italy. Hagel’s decision expands the prospective quarantine to troops across all military branches who take part in the anti-Ebola mission.

The new military quarantine rules place US service members under tighter monitoring conditions than the CDC consider prudent. This week, the CDC issued guidelines instructing only “high-risk” individuals, such as those who are exposed to Ebola-infected body fluids, to quarantine at home.

US personnel serving in what the military calls Operation United Assistance would not be classified as “high-risk” under the CDC’s new Ebola guidelines.

Hagel instructed the heads of the military services to prepare specific implementation plans for a quarantine within 15 days. The Pentagon said Hagel would review the quarantine after 45 days and decide then if continuing the quarantines are appropriate.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, characterised what he called Hagel’s “initial steps” as “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”.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014 ... CMP=twt_gu

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