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Aircraft carrying Fort Hood soldiers from South Korea delayed due to reported illness

Fort Hood
Posted at 10:54 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 23:54:02-05

Officials with Fort Hood say an aircraft carrying 248 troops from South Korea was delayed after two soldiers were reportedly ill.

The aircraft was carrying 248 troops from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

Medical personnel evaluated the soldiers while on the airfield. Their symptoms were neither respiratory in nature nor consistent with the coronavirus, according to Fort Hood officials.

Medical personnel assessed that the symptoms were either due to food poisoning or air sickness.

The medical team acknowledged that screening and protocols were completed by a very competent team in the pre-departure phase of the South Korean flight.

Officials say all CDC guidelines were followed and the soldiers are considered at very low risk for the coronavirus based on the lack of symptoms and lack of exposure.

The soldiers will be followed-up to make sure they "rapidly return to health."

Fort Hood's medical professionals are well aware of the precautions associated with spread of novel coronavirus, according to Col. Richard Malish, commander, Carl R. Darnell Army Medical Center.

The aircraft was only momentarily delayed. All other soldeirs on the flight have been notified about symptoms of concern and how to connect with Army Public Health Nursing.