1st Case of Ebola Diagnosed in U.S.

Sep 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm |

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Update: 08 October 11.30am EST

After days of battling for his life, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, has died.

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Original: 30 September 3.52pm EST

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 (AFP) – A man who traveled from Liberia to Texas is the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed outside Africa, US health authorities said on Tuesday.

“This is the first patient diagnosed outside of Africa to our knowledge,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Tom Frieden told reporters, adding that there was “zero risk” that anyone had been infected on the man’s flight.

The man came to the U.S. on an overnight flight Sept. 19 to visit family and was not sick until Sept. 24. He is being treated in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The virus does not travel by air nor water and is not easy to catch. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids such as vomit, diarrhea or blood.

A man traveling from Liberia to the United States was diagnosed with Ebola and is at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. Find out if it will spread!