The Dallas hospital where Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan was being treated for Ebola made the announcement only minutes ago on its Facebook page:
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 a.m. Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle.
Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time.
Duncan, who was the first person to be diagnosed with the disease in the U.S., arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 from Liberia. When he first went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital asking for help, he was given antibiotics and sent home. Several days later, he returned to the hospital and was admitted into quarantine, his condition far worse.
Over the weekend, Duncan’s condition deteriorated, and on Tuesday, USA Today reported that he was given an experimental drug to try to fight the Ebola infection.
The drug is brincidofovir, a broad-spectrum antiviral that has shown promise against Ebola in test tubes and is now being tested in animals, according to a statement from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Duncan is being treated. It has not been tested against Ebola in humans.
News of Duncan’s death comes as CNN reports that airports in the United States will begin taking the temperatures of arriving passengers who have flight itineraries originating from West African countries where Ebola is concentrated.
The screenings will begin this weekend or next week, according to the source who has direct knowledge of the screenings.
Among the countries considered to be in the so-called Ebola zone are Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
Officials of the European Union have recently conceded that the spread of Ebola across Europe is “inevitable.” There have reportedly been eight confirmed cases of Ebola in European countries.
Details via CNN.com:
There is one case in the United Kingdom that has been treated and the person has recovered; one case in France like that; two cases in Germany in which patients are receiving treatment; and three cases in Spain: two deceased Spanish missionaries and a nurse’s assistant who is being treated.
There is also a case in which a Norwegian staffer with Doctors Without Borders is being treated, he said.
Also in Spain, health officials said four more potential Ebola cases — in addition to the nurse’s assistant — are under observation.
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