First Ebola Patient Diagnosed in US Has Died

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Thomas Eric Duncan, the first man diagnosed with a case of Ebola in the United States has died on October 8th at 7:51 am Central time,  reported CNN.com . Duncan traveled with the Ebola virus from Liberia to Dallas, Texas.

Duncan, a Liberian native who had recently returned from travel to that country, had been in critical condition after being diagnosed with Ebola in mid- September. Over 50 people who came in contact with him have been hospitalized at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas for the possibility of catching the virus www.6abc.com reported.

“There needs to be direct contact frequently with body fluids or blood,” said Dr. David Lakey, the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Ebola can be spread by body fluids such as blood, sweat, and saliva but not through the air, reported www.nytimes.com

“Duncan had first sought treatment on Sept. 25, five days after he arrived in Dallas. But for reasons that still remain unclear nearly two weeks later, he was released by the hospital, despite telling them that he had traveled from Liberia and that he had a fever and some abdominal pain,” according to the washingtonpost.com.