US Ebola Victim Made Several Stops on His Way to Texas

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The man who became the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with Ebola made quite a few stops around the world before reaching his final destination in Dallas, the Associated Press reports.

Thomas Eric Duncan’s 28-hour trip from Monrovia in Liberia to Dallas involved flying on two airlines and taking a total of three flights with some 10 hours in layovers in two locations, AP reveals.

His Sept. 19 flight from Liberia took him to Brussels, where he spent seven hours in a layover before making his way to Dulles International Airport in Virginia, where he spent another three hours before boarding his next flight, to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Despite these details, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, assured AP that it was “extraordinarily unlikely” that Duncan infected other passengers because of his lack of symptoms en route to the U.S.

AP reports that news of the first U.S. Ebola victim made some airline investors skittsh: Shares of several major U.S. and European airlines dropped by at least a few percentage points on Wednesday. “The fear is if this gets worse, it would affect people’s travel behavior,” Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. health analyst Joseph DeNardi told AP. However, he noted, health officials “sound confident that they’ve got it under control. Hopefully they’re right.”

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