Fort Bragg to be among 5 US bases to isolate Ebola-mission troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the top U.S. military officer has designated five U.S. bases where American troops would be housed and isolated for 21 days upon returning from Africa after serving in the Ebola-response mission.

The officials said Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey signed a plan Friday that lists Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, as quarantine locations. The U.S. also hopes to use bases in Italy and Germany for troops based in that region.

The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 21-day isolation period is required for service members but voluntary for Pentagon civilians.

There is an exemption for troops who go for short visits.

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