Reports: U.S. Soldiers Returning From Liberia Isolated for Ebola Observation

TIME

American soldiers who returned from Liberia are being isolated in Italy over worries about spreading the Ebola virus, according to multiple reports on Monday.

CBS reports that a small group of U.S. soldiers are currently isolated and being monitored in Vicenza, Italy, including Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, who was commanding the Army in Africa but recently turned over his duties to the 101st Airborne Division. CNN reports there was no indication yet any of the returnees had developed Ebola symptoms and that Pentagon officials called it “controlled monitoring” for 21 days, rather than a “quarantine.”

The returnees were apparently met by Italian national police officers in hazmat suits, the reports add. A 25-bed hospital being built by the U.S. in the capital, Monrovia, is expected to be fully operational in early November.

The cautionary measure, which could extend to the hundreds more who are aiding the fight against the virus…

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