Filipino troops returning from Liberia test negative for Ebola
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Filipino troops returning from Liberia test negative for Ebola

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military says 108 of its peacekeepers have tested negative for Ebola in Liberia but they will still be shipped to a small island in Manila Bay when they fly home this week for 21 more days of quarantine.

Col. Roberto Ancan, who heads the military’s peacekeeping operations center, said Sunday that the air force personnel were cleared of Ebola in a U.N. medical screening test after 21 days of pre-departure quarantine in Liberia. The Philippines has stopped the deployment of peacekeepers to the West African nation due to the deadly Ebola outbreak there.

Ancan says a navy boat will transport the peacekeepers, who were posted in Liberia for nearly a year, to Caballo Island when they arrive Tuesday.