The first person to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in America is dead. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas says Thomas Duncan passed away this morning after courageously fighting the disease. The hospital also says everyone is grieving his passing and offering support and condolences to his family.
Texas State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey says doctors and staff provided compassionate care for Duncan. He also says the state is going to keep doing everything possible to contain the spread of the virus and protect people.
Duncan was hospitalized over a week ago when he started showing symptoms at the North Dallas apartment he was staying in. Three family members of the Liberian man, along with seven healthcare workers are considered "high risk" to get Ebola. No one is showing symptoms at this time.
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