Thomas Eric Duncan, first Ebola patient diagnosed in US, dies

Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the US, has succumbed to the dangerous disease, Texas hospital said on Wednesday.

By Salome Phelamei | Updated: Oct 09, 2014, 09:31 AM IST

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Texas: Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the US, has succumbed to the dangerous disease, Texas hospital said on Wednesday.

“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 am,” the hospital said in a statement.

The hospital added that doctors, nurses and the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community are also grieving his passing.

Duncan, a Liberian citizen, arrived in Dallas on September 20 from from Liberia- one of the hardest-hit areas of the outbreak.

He had traveled to Texas to reunite with a long-lost son and girlfriend. Duncan, who had been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian since September 28, became the first person to die of the Ebola virus disease in the US.

Meanwhile, four American health workers who contracted Ebola virus in Africa were brought back to the US for treatment where they made full recoveries. A fifth patient, Ashoka Mukpo, a cameraman is being treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease has killed 3,974 people and could infect as many as 1.4 million.