The Fort Hood soldier who was found dead outside his off-base apartment in Killeen has tested negative for Ebola virus for the second time.
Carl R. Darnall Medical Center (CRDAMC) medical officials confirmed last night that the more conclusive PCR Assay test results are negative for the presence of the Ebola virus disease.
This follows the initial screening BioFire Assay test, which turned out to be negative earlier the same day.
CRDAMC officials have notified national, state and local officials that there is no evidence of a public health threat or EVD exposure to community or law enforcement officials involved in the current investigation of the death of a Fort Hood Soldier.
The soldier was one in the initial cohort of 87 who were in support of Operation United Assistance who arrived back last Wednesday.
The Soldiers are from the 36th Engineer Brigade returning from Liberia, West Africa, where they have been deployed since October 2014.
“While here, Soldiers will conduct resiliency and readiness training, building their warrior skills for the potential next deployment,” said Lt. Col. Carter Price, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, commander-in-charge of cadre operations for the Fort Hood CMAS.
The soldiers are into their 21-day monitoring period where they are ordered to stay on base.
The deceased soldier was allowed to leave Fort Hood on a non-medical emergency leave, Fort Hood officials said.