The Pentagon isn’t officially calling it a quarantine, but has confirmed that Army Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams and 10 other U.S. soldiers are currently under “controlled monitoring” in Italy to ensure they are Ebola-free.
None of the soldiers are experiencing Ebola-like symptoms, but have spent the last month in Liberia. The “controlled monitoring” will last for 21 days while the soldiers have special housing at an access-controlled facility, and have their temperatures taken at least two times a day.
But Williams said these kinds of precautions were already in place before they ever left Liberia.
“We measure, while we’re here — twice a day, are monitoring as required by the recent guidance that was put out while we’re here in Liberia. I — yesterday, I had my temperature taken, I think, eight times, before I got on and off aircraft, before I went in and out of the embassy, before I went out of my place where I’m staying,” Williams said during a press conference Oct. 16.
Nonetheless, officials could not offer an explanation as to why the group is in “controlled monitoring,” even though it goes against the Pentagon’s current policy, which states that “as long as individuals remain asymptomatic, they may return to work and routine daily activities with family members.”
At this point, it’s unclear if those soldiers will be allowed to see their families.