Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa who last month was dubbed "the man who will lead the war on Ebola," has been quarantined along with about 10 other soldiers on their arrival to Italy from West Africa.
CNN first learned today from military officials how Williams and his crew have been whisked away for three weeks of isolation, despite Pentagon guidelines to the contrary and no clear signs of illness:
William's plane was met on the ground by Italian authorities "in full CDC gear," the official said referring to the type of protective equipment warn by U.S. health care workers.
There is no indication at this time any of the team have symptoms of Ebola...
Officials could not explain why the group was being put under into controlled monitoring, which is counter to the Pentagon policy. The current DOD policy on monitoring returning troops says "as long as individuals remain asymptomatic, they may return to work and routine daily activities with family members."
The general and his advance team had been in Liberia for the past month setting up Operation United Assistance, the U.S.'s plan to build Ebola treatment units to coordinate response to the illness' spread in West Africa. Williams could be seen in this State Department photo shortly after his arrival in Liberia with U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac:
Williams, who will be stuck in his quarantine on an isolated part of the Army garrison in Vincenza, Italy, for at least 21 days, had remarked earlier how little risk and how much caution his team had used in Africa, according to CNN:
"We measure, while we're here — twice a day, are monitoring as required by the recent guidance that was put out while we're here in Liberia. I — yesterday, I had my temperature taken, I think, eight times, before I got on and off aircraft, before I went in and out of the embassy, before I went out of my place where I'm staying," William said during the October 16 press conference.
[Photo credit: U.S. Army]