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(NEWSER) – Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Duncan is dead but still highly infectious and will be cremated without an autopsy, according to health officials in Texas. The 42-year-old Liberian national's body will be dealt with under CDC guidelines, wrapped in a plastic shroud with IV lines still in place and put inside a body bag, reports NPR.

Louise Troh, the girlfriend Duncan came to the US to marry, is in "shock and despair," the pastor who delivered news of his death tells NBC, and the three young relatives in quarantine with her are "stunned" and afraid they could be next. In a statement released yesterday, Troh described Duncan as a "wonderful man who showed compassion toward all" and said she trusts "a thorough examination will take place regarding all aspects of his care."

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