First Patient Diagnosed with Ebola in U.S. Dies
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The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died, according to a statement issued by the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, TX. Thomas Eric Duncan, aged 42, had traveled from Liberia to Dallas and sought medical treatment on September 25; he was released by the hospital, which had not identified him as a potential Ebola patient. He was then admitted on September 28 and the virus was detected on September 30.
Mr. Duncan was receiving the experimental drug brincidofovir, which had been granted Emergency Investigational New Drug Applications (EIND) for use as a potential treatment in patients infected with the Ebola virus. In addition, he was on a ventilator, receiving kidney dialysis, and had been showing improvement in liver function. It is believed that he contracted Ebola after he assisted in the transport of a neighbor displaying active symptoms to the hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia; the neighbor died shortly of Ebola. Currently 48 individuals are under medical surveillance in the Dallas area and 10 are considered to be high risk.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola inside the United States amid an outbreak that has killed thousands in Africa, died Wednesday. His death was confirmed by the Dallas hospital where he was being treated. “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m.,” Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said on Facebook.
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