Dead Fort Hood soldier to be tested for Ebola

A soldier found dead on his doorstep Tuesday will be tested for Ebola, though health officials don’t believe he was infected on a recent deployment to West Africa.

The soldier, whose name wasn’t reported, was part of a group of 87 soldiers who returned to the United States on Sunday after helping to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia.

“The soldier had recently returned on emergency leave and was under established guidelines to self-monitor himself twice-a-day and report his status to medical officials,” a statement from Fort Hood military base said. “At this point, there is no indication of the Ebola virus disease, but medical tests are underway to ensure there is no threat to the community.”

The 24-year-old was found dead on his doorstep near a pool of vomit around 7:30 a.m. local time, and a hazmat team cordoned off the area.

Soldiers who were deployed to West Africa had no immediate contact with Ebola patients and were only there to help with logistics and to build treatment facilities.

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