Thomas Eric Duncan, Dallas Ebola patient, has died
DALLAS, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital confirmed Wednesday morning that Thomas Eric Duncan, the first individual to bring Ebola to the U.S., has died due to complications with the virus.
The hospital indicated in a press release that Duncan died at 7:51 a.m. Central Time.
“Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola,” the hospital wrote. “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.”
Duncan was screened for the virus before departing Liberia for the United States on Sept. 19, but he didn’t show symptoms until he had been in Dallas for a few days. People who came into contact with him in the U.S. were being tracked down for monitoring.
Duncan came to the U.S. on United flight 822. The next day that plane, an Airbus A320, traveled to Denver and then onward to other cities, according to FlightAware.com.
Airports in the United States will begin taking the temperatures of arriving passengers who have flight itineraries originating from West African countries where Ebola is concentrated, this after news that the first Ebola patient in the United States has died from the virus, according to reports.
The screenings will begin this weekend or next week.
Among the countries considered to be in the so-called Ebola zone are Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
The new measures at U.S. airports come a day after Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters that devising travel guidelines was in the works but nothing had yet been finalized enough to announce.
Meanwhile, Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for the European Commission, said on Wednesday that there have been eight confirmed cases of Ebola in countries in Europe. There is one case in the United Kingdom that has been treated and the person has recovered; one case in France like that; two cases in Germany in which patients are receiving treatment; and three cases in Spain: two deceased Spanish missionaries and a nurse’s assistant who is being treated.
There is also a case in which a Norwegian staffer with Doctors Without Borders is being treated, he said.
CNN contributed to this report.