It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Marine Maj. Gen. James Lariviere, a member of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that the Defense Department protocols for dealing with the disease “exceed” the standard set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The current outbreak has killed about 5,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.
No U.S. troops will directly treat Ebola patients, but the Pentagon’s guidelines, released Oct. 10, call for troops who deploy to western Africa to monitor their temperature twice a day. Those who report potential exposure to the virus will be subject to additional evaluations by medical professional designated by the Defense Department.
In the 10 days before leaving Africa, commanders have the authority to keep troops in a controlled environment where they can receive additional monitoring. Once they have left Africa, individuals with no known exposure must continue to monitor their temperature for 21 days. Those who are removed from Africa due to an elevated exposure risk must be quarantined for 21 days for closer monitoring.
A thriving black market in blood, poor food supply, civil unrest, distrust of national governments, poverty and corruption are among the concerns cited in US military dispatches from Ebola-hit West Africa over the past few weeks.
Reviewing six weeks of summaries of the crisis by officers assigned to Operation United Assistance, the Pentagon's aid programme, NBC News paints a grim picture of the situation in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, where Ebola is nowhere near being controlled.
Almost 40% of all the farms in Sierra Leone have been abandoned, says an October 14 report, that quotes a UN agricultural official warning that it could lead to "a hunger crisis of epic scale in West Africa."
The food supply is becoming scarce, increasing reliance on potentially infected bush meat.
Women being responsible for preparing food are at increased risk of contracting the virus through infected meat. Already, Ebola has claimed more women victims, accounting for between 55% and 75 % of the dead in the three nations.
The White House would not say Monday whether President Obama thinks U.S. troops returning from the Ebola hot zone in West Africa should be quarantined, as the U.S. Army unilaterally imposed that policy on its own troops and the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended the rest of the military follow suit.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel currently is considering the Joint Chiefs' recommendation to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine for all returning troops. At Monday's daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged that Hagel might coordinate with the White House on that decision.
Washington (CNN) -- They're just back from the Ebola hot zone, they can't have any physical contact with family or loved ones and their plastic forks are being burned after each use.
But American troops quarantined in Italy have good morale and are proud of their work against the "silent enemy" of Ebola, according to Major General Darryl Williams, who is being isolated alongside his men at the Army base in Vicenza.
U.S. Army personnel will continue to be placed in 21-day quarantine as they return home to their base in Italy, according to Williams, commander of US Army forces in Africa, who spoke to CNN from within the isolation area by military video conference.
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey's recommendation comes a day after the C.D.C. issued new guidelines on how civilian health workers should be treated on their return to the United States.