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10/27/2014

US Army To Quarantine Returning Troops

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:57 pm



[guest post by Dana]

In an effort to ensure the safety and health of troops returning from Liberia back to their home base in Italy, the US Army has made the decision to enact a 21-day quarantine:

“Out of an abundance of caution the Army directed a small number of personnel, about a dozen, that recently returned to Italy to be monitored in a separate location at their home station of Vicenza,” Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said today. “None of these individuals have shown any symptoms of exposure.”

“The Army Chief of Staff has directed a 21-day controlled monitoring period for all redeploying soldiers returning from Operation United Assistance,” the statement said. “He has done this out of caution to ensure soldiers, family members and their surrounding communities are confident that we are taking all steps necessary to protect their health.”

I think it’s safe to say that this reasonable, commonsense abundance of caution is just what most Americans want to see put in practice here at home. No more ever-changing safety standards and protocols, no flip-flopping on quarantine decisions and certainly no more admonishments by the administration to quit being hysterical simply because Americans want to see this abundance of caution exercised across the board on American soil.

–Dana

27 Responses to “US Army To Quarantine Returning Troops”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (8e74ce)

  2. I thought our troops were to have zero contact with Ebola victims. Then how could they be infected? Unless the government lied.

    Hoagie (4dfb34)

  3. Note how the admin constantly limits options and distills down to “this or that” option of their design choice.
    I don’t have a problem with fighting ebola on its home turf; but not to the exclusion or detriment of making home safe. However, the politization of all fed. agencies has got to cease. Do your f**fing jobs!

    Angelo (40f04d)

  4. Let’s see… returning soldiers subject to it, but not nurses? Bull$hit.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  5. It’s a matter of numbers and institutions. If you’re a progressive, there are 330 million sheep that need to be “protected” from their ignorance, and the loss of anything less than 1% can readily be rationalized by saying it was for the good of the community. The CDC presumes that various forms of quarantine will harm West Africa’s economy, and this is undesirable. There are costs for this policy, but the CDC geniuses presume that they can be born by a huge, wealthy nation like ours with only a slight chance of reaching the 1% threshold. The active military, on the otherhand, has a much smaller head count, AND they are volunteers. The military knows that it needs to take care of its own, even if it places some hardship (the 21 day quarantine) on our soldiers, because it knows that this is a form of caring, and the troops will understand and bear with the difficulties it presents. And, of course, the troops will continue to be paid while in quarantine.

    A compassionate government would implement quarantine, but with a means of paying for the costs born by those it quarantines. I like my idea of rehab’ing the Katrina mobile homes that FEMA squandered millions on, and using those for expendable living quarters.

    bobathome (5ccbd8)

  6. Haiku has a point. The nurse, however, is a big Obola donor AND she is a CDC employee. So in this case, a member of the elite has been asked to pay a small price to ensure the safety of the herd, and this is not acceptable.

    bobathome (5ccbd8)

  7. yep, Bob, I mentioned this attention seeker/nurse’s politics in one of the other threads. You know the paleomedia won’t mention a word about this fact.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. Obola supporters have rights…

    regular citizens and GIs?

    not so much

    redc1c4 (a6e73d)

  9. Hm…

    The U.S. general appointed to oversee America’s fight against Ebola in West Africa has been quarantined in Italy with at least 10 other Americans upon returning from the disease-stricken continent.

    Major General Darryl A. Williams, who was appointed head of the U.S. command center in Liberia that coordinates the response to Ebola, was isolated along with several other Americans over the weekend, CNN reports.

    The General’s “plane was met on the ground by Italian authorities ‘in full CDC gear,’” a U.S. official was quoted as telling CNN.

    Dana (8e74ce)

  10. Someone ought to be asking the current Obama mouthpiece “Have any service people contracted Ebola? If so, how many and are the being returned to the US for treatment?”

    They will lie until after the election, but they will also get caught, and maybe sooner than they think.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  11. ‘in full CDC gear’

    gloves and a mask?

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  12. As everyone has said, stop the politicization, have a policy of abundance of caution in isolating people when they first come back, find ways to incentivize citizens that want to go help.

    Give people reasonable accommodations and don’t put them in tents (unless they like camping and it’s a very nice spot).

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  13. Kevin, a senior CDC official only needs a handkercheif when advising the herd … however, when visiting a confirmed ebola case, then a pressure suit with internal air supply is advised … but only for the official.

    bobathome (5ccbd8)

  14. Ebola?

    Don’t you rubes know how many people die from the flu each year in this country!!!!!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  15. Well while doesn’t this nurse and Obozo supporter go exchange some fluids with him? She’s safe doncha know? After all she contributed to his campaign. Why doesn’t she contribute something else-maybe the full Lewinsky and a bit more?

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  16. Don’t you rubes know how many people die from the flu each year in this country!!!!!

    daleyrocks, you do realize there is a shot for the flu, don’t you? I haven’t heard of an Ebola shot.

    Hoagie (4dfb34)

  17. Obama is sending our troops overseas to catch Ebola. It is a perfect time for his coup d’etat.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  18. “daleyrocks, you do realize there is a shot for the flu, don’t you? I haven’t heard of an Ebola shot.”

    Hoagie – You do realize I was mocking knee jerk liberal responses to concerns about ebola, don’t you?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  19. Anyone remember when folks were quarantined and they didn’t whine about their civil rights? I do, back in the ’50s

    Angelo (40f04d)

  20. 4. Note how the admin constantly limits options and distills down to “this or that” option of their design choice.

    Angelo (40f04d) — 10/27/2014 @ 6:01 pm

    Umm, yeah. It’s safe to say people have noticed. Considering he does it every freakin’ time he does his “only adult in the room” schtick in which he rejects the “false choice” between two extremes that no one is advocating.

    http://twitchy.com/2014/05/28/who-says-that-obama-busts-out-the-straw-men-for-west-point-commencement-speech/

    Ben Shapiro @benshapiro
    Follow

    Obama: “We need to do stuff. And the stuff we will do will not be stuff that a crazy person says we should do. It will be good stuff.”
    9:44 AM – 28 May 2014

    Sonny Bunch @SonnyBunch
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    Fun Fact: The only solution to every problem is dropping all the bombs.
    9:35 AM – 28 May 2014

    F. Bill McMorris @FBillMcMorris
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    Every straw man has a military solution; Obama’s taking a total war approach
    9:38 AM – 28 May 2014

    Brian Faughnan @BrianFaughnan
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    False choice between two extremes? Check. RE https://twitter.com/khennessey/status/471660509872529408
    9:33 AM – 28 May 2014

    Lachlan Markay @lachlan
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    “Some say we should nuke the entire Asian continent. Others want our capital to be Pyongyang. Unlike everyone else, I’m a rational centrist”
    9:34 AM – 28 May 2014

    Not only have people noticed, but it’s now a drinking game. A drinking game with only a slightly higher survivability rate than Ebola since alcohol poisoning is practically assured.

    Steve57 (e92787)

  21. 12. ‘in full CDC gear’

    gloves and a mask?

    Kevin M (b357ee) — 10/27/2014 @ 6:45 pm

    Yes. As long as the mask has a clown nose. And then absolutely nothing else, besides thong underwear and flip flops per the latest revised protocols.

    Steve57 (e92787)

  22. 17. daleyrocks, you do realize there is a shot for the flu, don’t you? I haven’t heard of an Ebola shot.

    Hoagie (4dfb34) — 10/27/2014 @ 8:16 pm

    The Ebola shot is Amarula Cream liqueur with a float of Spirytus Delikatesowy 190 proof Polish Vodka.

    It’s what sends you to the hospital when you play the Obama “I reject this false choice” drinking game.

    Steve57 (e92787)

  23. ‘in full CDC gear’

    gloves and a mask?

    no, just a clipboard and a pen, wearing street clothes.

    like when they transferred the Ohio tourist to Georgia.

    redc1c4 (dab236)

  24. The Army has dealt with infectious diseases before and knows what to do. Troops returning from Cuba after the Spanish-American war were quarantined in a camp on Long Island. This current administration is noted for lack of “real world” experience and it shows!

    Mike Keohane (beb6c9)

  25. Hoagie – You do realize I was mocking knee jerk liberal responses to concerns about ebola, don’t you?

    No I didn’t, daleyrocks. My apology. I think I need to take my Snark-O-Meter in for service.

    Hoagie (4dfb34)


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