1st Person Diagnosed With Ebola in America Has Died, Hospital Reports

Story tools

A A AResize


Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, who was exposed to the disease before leaving his home in Liberia, has died, according to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, which posted a note about his death on its Facebook page.

"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 a.m. Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola," the hospital wrote in a Facebook post. "He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time."

According to the New York Times, Duncan was exposed to the disease after he helped his pregnant sick neighbor just four days before boarding a Sept. 20 flight that involved several layovers, including Brussels, Dulles International Airport in Virginia and, finally, Dallas.

Read more