Fort Hood soldier found dead tests negative for Ebola

A Fort Hood soldier who recently returned from West Africa and found dead outside his home has tested negative for Ebola, Fort Hood officials confirmed Tuesday night.

Killeen fire officials said the 24-year-old man's body was found on the front lawn outside his apartment Tuesday morning.

Neighbors told first responders that he had been in the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa. Hazmat crews were brought in for an abundance of caution, officials said.


Initial test results released Tuesday evening showed the soldier did not have any Ebola symptoms. Results from a secondary, more conclusive test also reaffirmed that he tested negative for the disease.

Access to the area where the soldier was found was reportedly blocked off and a team in full protective gear could be seen going in and out of the man's apartment.

Fort Hood officials confirmed the soldier's deployment and said he was home on emergency leave and was self-monitoring for the virus.

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