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Friday, 3 October 2014

Face Of US First Ebola Patient!

The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S has been identified as a Liberian national named Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan on September 20 traveled to Liberia to visit his family and had helped carry an infected pregnant woman to a hospital, just four days before boarding a flight out of the Ebola-stricken country.

The woman, named by The Times as 19-year-old Marthalene Williams died the next day, after being turned away from the overcrowded hospital that didn't have room for her. The landlord's son and three neighbors who came in contact with the woman also died soon afterwards.

But Mr Duncan wasn't showing any symptoms when he arrived at a Monrovia airport on September 19, and therefore was allowed on a flight out of Liberia bound for the U.S.

Mr Duncan submitted himself to the hospital when he first started feeling sick, and was initially sent home with antibiotics even though he told hospital workers that he had recently arrived from Liberia. He then spent four days getting sicker and sicker in a Dallas apartment, coming in contact with several family members, including five school children   before he went back to the hospital and was finally diagnosed with Ebola. 

He is currently in 'serious but stable condition' at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital   

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