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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed off on the recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff that goes beyond guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the Pentagon’s decision to isolate troops for 21 days after they return from Ebola duty in West Africa.

Hagel earlier this week signed off on the recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff that goes beyond guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Isolating troops for 21 days even without symptoms of the disease, Hagel said, was a “smart, wise, prudent, disciplined, science-oriented decision.”

Written by Tom Vanden Brook
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