Ebola patient in Dallas dies

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first known person to develop Ebola in the United States, has died in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, according to Texas Health Resources.

“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 am. Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. 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 Texas Health Resources statement said.

Wilmot Chayee | AP This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana.

Wilmot Chayee | AP
This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said Tuesday that Duncan had been intubated and was on dialysis, and remained in “critical condition.” The Dallas hospital was focusing on keeping his fluid levels and electrolyte balance maintained, he said.

“What we’ve learned about Ebola is how important it is to get the patient’s basic care right,” Frieden said.

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