Texas Ebola patient dies
DALLAS (AP): THE FIRST Ebola
patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas hospital
yesterday, a little more than a week after his diagnosis exposed gaps in
the nation's defences against the disease and set off a scramble to
track down anyone exposed to him.
Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, was
pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
Dallas, where he was admitted September 28 and had been kept in
isolation, according to spokesman Wendell Watson.
"Mr Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease," Watson said in a statement.
carried the deadly virus with him from his home in Liberia, though he
showed no symptoms when he left for the United States. He arrived in
Dallas September 20 and fell ill several days later. His condition was
downgraded during the weekend from serious to critical.
Dallas still are being monitored as health officials try to contain the
virus that has ravaged West Africa, with more than 3,400 people reported
dead. They also are trying to tamp down anxiety among residents
frightened of contracting Ebola, though the disease can be spread only
through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an already sick person.
officials have identified 10 people, including seven health workers,
who had direct contact with Duncan while he was contagious. Another 38
people also may have come into contact with him. The four people living
in the northeast Dallas apartment where Duncan stayed have been isolated
in a private residence.