Hazmat Called After Soldier Returned From Fighting Ebola in West Africa Found Dead
A Fort Hood soldier who had just returned a week ago from our mission in West Africa fighting Ebola has been found dead under suspicious circumstances and some are afraid it might have something to do with the deadly virus.
It wasn’t clear how the 24-year-old GI, who was not identified by name, had died but there were no outward signs that he took his own life or was a victim of violence, said Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith.
Tyler Broadway, a Fort Hood spokesman, said he was not sure if his death was connected to the Ebola virus. A Killeen Police Department hazmat team was on the scene.
The soldier was among a group of 87 soldiers from the post who returned to Texas on Jan. 7 after spending time in West Africa on a mission to help contain the Ebola virus. The troops are isolation at North Fort Hood, but this soldier was allowed to visit with family under an emergency leave exception.
“He was allowed to leave, but he had to self-monitor himself and send those results in twice a day,” said Broadway, who added that the soldier was given emergency leave shortly after the troops returned to Fort Hood.
Hopefully the other soldiers who went on that mission won’t be similarly afflicted or we’ll be looking at another breakout in America.