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The man who brought Ebola to the United States from West Africa 18 days ago has died in a Dallas hospital.
Thomas Eric Duncan, whose health took a grave turn for the worse this weekend, succumbed to the virus at 7.51am today at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, officials announced late this morning.
The 42-year-old Liberian national exposed nearly 50 people to the disease in America, including his fiancée Louise Troh and two of her children.
They remain quarantined and under constant monitoring by health officials over fears that they, too, could develop symptoms during a 21-day incubation period.
His body, which still carries the virus, must now be disposed of in a way that will not put anyone else at risk. Ms Troh released a statement saying:
‘His suffering is over. My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God… Eric was a wonderful man who showed compassion toward all.’
Federal health officials have confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S.
According to source…On Sunday, an unidentified critically ill male was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. He was placed in isolation.
Tom Frieden, the CDC Director reported that the man traveled from Liberia, pictured left, to September 19 and arrived in the United States on the next day, without showing symptoms of the deadly virus, CDC Director Tom Frieden told reporters.
The patient, Frieden said, started to show signs of the virus September 24 and then ‘sought care’ on the 26th, and two days later the patient was admitted to the hospital and isolated.
The hospital reportedly gave the man antibiotics but he returned critically ill two days later. Texas Health Presbyterian is reportedly internally investigating the misdiagnosis.
Dr. Kent Brantley, a Samaritan’s Purse Physician and one of two American doctors infected with Ebola virus landed in the United States today and was transported to an Atlanta hospital where he he will undergo treatment.
This is the first time anyone infected with the deadly virus has been brought into the country.
The plane carrying Kent Brantley arrived late Saturday morning at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., He was then taken by ambulance to a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital.
A second American infected with the virus, Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker, is expected to arrive in the U.S. within a few days. Her treatment protocol will be the same as that which Dr. Brantley will undergo.
Brantly and Writebol were serving in Liberia as medical missionaries when they became infected with the virus.
Doctors are confident the two can be treated without putting the public in danger.
Emory University Hospital is located just down the hill from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is one of only four medical facilities in the country that capable of handling high-risk patients infected with serious, infectious diseases.
Dr. Kent Brantley, a family practice physician, was serving in Liberia through our post-residency program before joining the medical team responding to the Ebola crisis. His wife and two children had been living with him in Liberia but flew home to the U.S. before he started showing any signs of illness.
Nancy Writebol works with SIM, which manages ELWA Hospital. SIM and Samaritan’s Purse have been working closely to combat Ebola since the current outbreak began in Liberia in March. She had been working as a hygienist who decontaminated those entering and leaving the isolation ward of the Case Management Center at the hospital. She is married with two children.
Key facts about the Ebola Virus:
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
- The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
- Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
- Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.
Ebola first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter was in a village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.
Wednesday marks 33 days since the jetliner mysteriously disappeared from radar screens, a stretch marked by loads of speculation, lots of heartache from relatives of the 239 people aboard the plane and few solid facts about what happened.
It’s also three days since the date which the batteries powering the flight recorders‘ locator beacons were certified to be working. Stored in a plane’s tail, they are designed to begin sending off distinct, high-pitched signals as soon as they come in contact with water.
“Aura of urgency” prevails as authorities are still listening, mindful the pulses could last a few days longer and that sending in submersibles could ruin chances of hearing them again. Retired Lt. Col. Michael Kay of the Royal Air Force told CNN the batteries can operate up to 40 days.
Cheers over what searchers believed might be underwater pulses from Malaysia Flight 370 have given way, four days later, to little more proof the aircraft is close to being found.
No more signals have been detected since Saturday’s momentary jubilation aboard an Australian navy ship some 1,100 miles (1,750 kilometers) northwest of Perth — pulses consistent with those sent by a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, explained Angus Houston, head of the Australian-led search effort. Nor has any wreckage been found from the Boeing 777-200ER.