Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops
WASHINGTON - The U.S. already has more than 1,000 troops in West Africa helping with the fight against Ebola -- and the number could grow to nearly 4,000.
And when they return from those missions, every one of those troops will go into supervised isolation for 21 days. That's the policy announced today by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
He says the families of the military personnel were looking for a "safety valve" against Ebola.
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.
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