Just after a team of ten experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in Texas to investigate the first Ebola case in the United States, the patient Thomas Eric Duncan passed away.
Duncan was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. The Dallas hospital said in a written statement, “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.”
The Liberian citizen, who recently traveled from West Africa to Dallas to reunite with a long-lost son and girlfriend, was placed in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian on September 28th.
“He fought courageously in this battle,” the hospital said. “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 was 42 years-old.