A Defense Department memo indicates that military commanders will be given the authority to quarantine US troops returning from Ebola ravaged nations in a secure DoD facility for 21 days.
The memo, obtained by CNN, says that troops will be monitored at the facility, tested for Ebola, and treated there if necessary.
The memo does not specify the location of the facility that will house the troops, but an official speaking anonymously confirmed that it will likely be a site close to Washington DC.
With 500 troops already deployed to West Africa, and potentially 4000 in total authorized to ship out, the DC facility must be a large complex equipped to deal with and contain hazardous materials.
The CNN report says that the memo, which has not been made public, “spells out precise procedures for monitoring troops’ exposure and how any problems will be dealt with.”
It is said to explain that troops potentially exposed to bodily fluids of Ebola patients will be immediately evacuated from West Africa, shipped back into the US and quarantined at the military facility.
The thought of having Ebola infected US troops brought immediately back into the US will stoke more fear among those who warned that sending troops in the first place posed a major risk to the American public.
Considering that the virus has already infected 2 medical workers in Dallas, who cared for ‘Patient 0’ Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as the boyfriend of one of the nurses, it seems insane to willingly ship in more who have contracted the virus from outside the US at the epicenter of its spread.
Indeed, the UK has declared that any of it’s 750 troops and doctors who are exposed to the virus will NOT be guaranteed repatriation to the UK, and instead will likely be treated in field hospitals in Sierra Leone.
The latest medical research has also suggested that “there is scientific and epidemiological evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath.
In Nigeria, over a thousand troops have been quarantined after coming into contact with just one patient who later died of the Ebola Virus. This is the fate that could also await thousands of US troops.
The US memo also states that Commanders will be given the authority to isolate entire units of troops in the region during the last ten days of a deployment.
The memo also outlines how every single solider will be monitored for 21 days on returning to the US.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.