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1st Ebola patient diagnosed in US dies

Xinhua, October 9, 2014 Adjust font size:

The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died on Wednesday at a hospital in Dallas, a city in the northern part of the U.S. state of Texas, hospital authorities said.

Photo taken on Oct. 7, 2014 shows the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Thomas Eric Duncan got treated, in Dallas, the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, died Wednesday morning in Dallas, a city in the northern part of the U.S. state of Texas, hospital officials announced. [Photo/Xinhua]

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said in a statement "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."

A day earlier, the hospital listed him in "critical but stable" condition. And the patient reportedly showed some "positive signs. " Wednesday's statement did not elaborate on Duncan's condition.

Duncan, a Liberian national, was tested positive for Ebola on Sept. 30 as the first confirmed case diagnosed in the United States. He arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 to visit family and fell ill several days later.

Duncan, 42, went to the Dallas hospital on Sept. 26, only to be dismissed with some antibiotics. Two days later, he was rushed back to the hospital in an ambulance because of a deterioration of illness and has been kept in isolation since.

Health officials in Dallas are now keeping a close eye on some 50 people who may have had contact with Duncan. Among them, 10 people who had close contact with him are deemed to be at higher risk. So far, no one has shown any Ebola symptoms.

Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus.

Ebola, which was discovered in 1976, has killed 3,431 people and infected 7,470 people since the outbreak in West Africa in March this year, the World Health Organization said in its latest report.

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