Ebola Hospital

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.

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  • ALM

    There is so much wrong with this situation….I can’t………….The way that Duncan’s medical treatment was conducted vs. the doctor who was treated at Emory in Atlanta…….*Sigh*

  • coolchic86

    They let the black person die but the two white people are still alive. That’s white supremacy at its best.

  • DesertRose

    As i was watching the Rachel Maddow Show tonight, she opened her show talking about the treatment of the other Ebola patients (all the white ones) and how they were given blood from Ebola survivors…and Mr. Duncan was not. One of the other Americans who previously was diagnosed offered to give some of his blood to Mr. Duncan and the Texas Hospital never contacted him back. Its obvious they did not give him the same level of care the white patients were given. I see why his family did NOT thank the hospital in their public statement. The hospital sent him home in the first place allowing it to get worse and didn’t do all they could to save him.

  • blogdiz

    If the blood of survivors can help why aren’t more people in Africa being given this treatment, I guess now the point will hit home to the powers that be that curing Ebola wherever it exists benefit’s us all
    with Regards to Mr. Duncan, Race is always a factor in how lives are valued but in a very cold survival way it may send a message to those who are infected elsewhere that coming to USA in hopes for a cure might not be the way to go
    I feel for this man and his family but he lied about being exposed to Ebola and in doing so put hundreds of people at risk , in the plane at the airport etc
    The US populous is very mobile subways busses local and international flight , The potential for Ebola to become a pandemic once it hits US soil is very real

  • Anthony

    Also do not forget that this man was initially turned away despite describing his symptoms and saying that he was from Liberia! He lost three days of care that could have saved him and lessened disease exposure for others.