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Dallas Ebola Patient Is Dead

Thomas Eric Duncan was first Ebola patient diagnosed in US
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 8, 2014 10:25 AM CDT
Dallas Ebola Patient Is Dead
Alejandro Mayorkas testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died, a Dallas hospital confirms. Thomas Eric Duncan, who has been kept in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sept. 28, died at 7:51am, per a Facebook post made with "profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment" by the hospital. It reads in part, "Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle." The 42-year-old had been on experimental drug brincidofovir and receiving dialysis, at a cost of roughly $1,000 an hour. Officials say 10 people had direct contact with him while he was contagious.

The New York Times notes that Duncan returned to Dallas to be with the woman he spent almost two decades apart from, Louise Troh. The two had a son together, and Duncan's pastor earlier said the couple planned to marry. She is currently quarantined in a home on "remote property." In the Times' telling, a "simple act of kindness" may have been Duncan's downfall: He helped take his landlord's 19-year-old daughter to and from the hospital; she later died. News of his death broke shortly after another Ebola-related announcement: The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection. DHS did not elaborate on how agents would observe people or say when the new measures would begin. (More Ebola stories.)

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