Italy: Outcry against bringing in U.S. troops from Ebola hot zone

Italy: Outcry against bringing in U.S. troops from Ebola hot zone

[Ed. – Inevitable.  What are the Italians, fegato tritato?]

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers returning from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than in the United States sparked controversy in Italy Wednesday.

“They shouldn’t have been sent here, they should do their quarantine for Ebola at home,” said the president of the region’s assembly, Luca Zaia, insisting “it would have been more respectful” of the United States to have “thought about the risks posed to local citizens”.

The Messaggero daily spoke of fears among the local population, with a rise in the number of calls to the emergency services from worried citizens. Soldiers from the base being given a wide berth in nearby pubs.

Zaia, a member of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, was not the only one to object to the US decision to quarantine the soldiers in Italy. …

Not only was information about the current state of health of the soldiers “limited to general reassurances from the American authorities”, but there were fears other soldiers on the base “may have been in contact” with those returning from west Africa, they said. …

The commander of the US military mission in Liberia, Major General Darryl Williams, began 21 days of isolation at the base in Vicenza along with 11 other members of his staff after returning from west Africa this week. …

Another 35 American soldiers are expected to return from west Africa on Wednesday to the northern Italian base, where they will be put in isolation as well.

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