Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in America, has died Wednesday morning health officials announced.
“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 am,” Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas spokesman Wendell Watson said in an emailed statement.
Duncan was the first person to exhibit symptoms on American soil. He became sick after arriving in Dallas. Nearly 48 individuals had direct or indirect contact with Duncan since he arrived in the U.S. from Liberia on Sept. 20. All are being monitored, but none have shown any symptoms yet, as stated by health officials. Ten of the individuals, who are at highest risk, are cooperating with public health authorities by remaining in quarantine voluntarily. The others are regularly monitored for a fever.
Duncan was able to board his flight to the U.S. because he did not have a fever or show any symptoms of Ebola. However, it was discovered he lied on his questionnaire saying he had not been in contact with anyone infected with Ebola. As a result the government will begin imposing new screening measures to those traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as soon as this weekend, CNN reported on Wednesday. The additional screening could possibly be extended to individual traveling from other nations struggling with the outbreak, the report stated.