Officials are reporting that Thomas Eric Duncan died earlier today around 7:51 AM. The Liberian national was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital released the following statement:
“…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,” Texas Health Resources spokesman Wendell Watson said in a statement. “We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time..”
Duncan had been given the experimental drug brincidofovir and unfortunately didn’t respond to the drug. The question now becomes how health officials will handle Duncan’s body. “When the person has just died, that is when the body is most contagious,” Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the World Health Organization, said in August. “It’s when the virus is overtaking the whole body.”
The fight to continue to contain the virus in Texas still continues.
Check back for more updates as the story develops.
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