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Troops who went to Africa to help contain Ebola outbreak coming back to U.S.

Ebola is treated in West Africa earlier this year.
Ebola is treated in West Africa earlier this year.

WASHINGTON – More than 80 military personnel will return to the United States today after completing assignments to Operation United Assistance in Liberia. The group will arrive aboard a U.S. military aircraft at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., shortly after noon. None of these men and women are showing any symptoms of Ebola, the defense department says.

Upon arrival the returning troops will be medically screened and transported to the controlled monitoring area. The 21-day controlled monitoring regimen they will undergo includes additional medical screenings twice a day in a dedicated medical facility. The troops will be housed in buildings located in a secluded area on the west side of the flightline. Two larger structures will be used as a dining facility and a gym. The facilities will include all appropriate amenities. Troops will be able to communicate with family members via telephone and electronic means. Access to controlled monitoring area will be limited to health care, support and facilities maintenance personnel.

Personnel breakdown is 51 Air Force; 27 Navy; four Marines and two U.S. Army.

Secretary of defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement that he “is both proud and grateful for the service rendered by these men and women in the critically important mission of trying to stop the spread of Ebola at its source”.

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