Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola inside the United States amid an outbreak that has killed thousands in Africa, died this morning at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the hospital said.
File Photo: Thomas Eric Duncan
He had been in critical condition after being diagnosed with the virus in mid-September. People who have had contact with him are being monitored for symptoms.
It has just been a little over a week since Duncan began receiving treatment for the virus, and those days have spelled an “enormous test of our health system,” said Dr. David Lakey, the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“For one family it has been far more personal,” he said in a statement. “Today they lost a dear member of their family. They have our sincere condolences, and we are keeping them in our thoughts.”
He vowed that health care workers will continue to try to stop the spread of the virus “and protect people from this threat.”
More than 5,800 people have been infected with Ebola and more than 2,800 have died from it since the virus first broke out in Guinea in December.