FIRST patient to be diagnosed with Ebola outside Africa died this morning.
Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, who was exposed to the disease after he helped his pregnant sick neighbor in Liberia, was being treated at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
A statement on the hospital Facebook page said: “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7.51am. Mr Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola.”
According to the New York Times, Duncan was exposed to the disease just four days before boarding a flight on September 20 from Liberia to Texas with several stopovers.
Despite passing an Ebola health screening prior to boarding, within four days Duncan had made his first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas complaining of “fever, headache and abdominal pain”.
He returned again on September 27 after his conditioned worsened where he remained in isolation until his demise.
CBS News reported that the hospital had begun using brincidofovir, an experimental oral antiviral drug, but it did not improve his symptoms.
Family members have questioned why the treatment was not been administered sooner.