Liberian Man Who Was First to Receive Ebola Diagnosis in U.S. Dies

Emergency RoomDALLAS — Thomas Duncan, the Liberian national who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died Wednesday at a Dallas hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said.

“He fought courageously in this battle,” said Wendell Watson, a hospital spokesman. “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.”

The 42-year-old Duncan, who arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20, was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian on Sept. 28 on his second visit to the facility for treatment. He was initially given antibiotics and sent home when hospital staff failed to connect his symptoms to his recent travel to Liberia, where an outbreak of Ebola is raging.

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