FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) – About 150 Fort Carson soldiers deployed to West Africa in November to help build treatment facilities to house Ebola patients and caretakers are back in the United States.

The returning soldiers are being kept in a controlled monitoring area at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington for 21 days.

During the monitoring period, the soldiers will not have physical contact with family members or other non-medical personnel, but they will have phone and email access to their friends and families.

The soldiers were part of a military program that includes units from the Active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. Soldiers remaining in West Africa will continue to provide assistance.

Military officials say all of them received special training and personal protective equipment.

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