by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to rest positive for the Ebola virus in the United States, died Wednesday (Oct. 8) morning at 7:51 a.m., Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas announced today.
Duncan had been receiving the experimental drug brincidofovir since Saturday. The latest update on his condition, released yesterday afternoon by the hospital, was that he was on a ventilator and had been receiving kidney dialysis.
A statement from the hospital about the news of Duncan’s passing reads:
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.
Duncan lied on his travel documents in order to board a plane in Liberia on September 19, arriving in Dallas the following day. He reported feeling ill on September 24 and sought care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital the next day. Doctors released Duncan with a prescription for antibiotics on September 26.
He was readmitted to the hospital two days later.
Duncan had been facing charges from the Liberian government and Dallas D.A. for document and immigration fraud, Friends in Liberia said Duncan knew he had Ebola, and put untold numbers of his fellow passengers, friends, family and strangers in danger before being hospitalized.
It is estimated Duncan had contacted 50-70 people during that time frame. So far no other individuals have shown symptoms as a result of Duncan’s exposure in the Dallas area.
Family members of Duncan remain under quarantine. The family hasn’t showed symptoms of the virus and will remain under monitoring and isolation until October 19.
The Obama Administration has come under withering criticism for failing to enact flight restrictions on passengers coming from Ebola-affected “hot zones” in Africa. As I reported last week, despite the the White House’s assertion that African “screening” for passengers using temporal thermometers was “sufficient,” experts demonstrated how using simply Ibuprofen (Advil) can defeat those scanners long enough to gain access to a flight, for those desperate enough to make the journey.
As Top Right News also reported on October 5th, Border Agents have reported a doubling in the number of illegal aliens from Ebola-affected nations who have crossed the Southern border in the past six months.