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June 1, 2015
Monmouth Legislators Call on FMERA’s Board to Reject Plans To House Possible Asymptomatic Ebola Patients at Fort Monmouth

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Senator Joseph Kyrillos, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin offered the following statement in response to news that the New Jersey Department of Human Services would be seeking to extend their agreement with the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority to possible house asymptomatic Ebola patients at Fort Monmouth, which currently ends June 30:

A colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the Ebola virus. (Flickr)

“As legislators representing Fort Monmouth and the surrounding communities, we do not feel it is appropriate to house┬ápossible asymptomatic Ebola patients at the Fort Monmouth site. The Governor has designated three hospitals in New Jersey as primary treatment facilities: University Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

“Fort Monmouth has no medical support services on site, so any symptomatic patient would have to travel off-site to a hospital.

“We do not believe that the appropriate medical care exists at the Fort Monmouth facility to house these patients, and we urge the Board of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority to reject the Department of Human Services request to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine site.”

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