Pentagon’s civilian employees get options on Ebola

The Pentagon says its civilian employees who return from Ebola response missions in West Africa will not be required to undergo the same 21-day quarantine-like monitoring that is required of most returning U.S. military members.

The civilian employees may volunteer for the quarantine or they may choose to follow less stringent monitoring under Centers for Disease Control guidelines or as required by authorities in their state.

The civilians must pick an option before leaving West Africa.

The Pentagon also announced Friday that “transient” military personnel, such as air crews, who have no known Ebola exposure in West Africa, will not be required to undergo the 21 days of quarantine. Instead, they must take their temperature twice a day for 21 days after leaving and watch for symptoms.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.