Awful news out of Texas this afternoon. According to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, has died. It is believed he contracted the disease when carrying a pregnant woman to the hospital in Liberia. She died of Ebola shortly afterwards. A few days later Thomas Eric Duncan flew to Dallas to visit family and started showing signs of the disease. He was turned away from the hospital and his medical waste was mishandled, then he was finally admitted into isolated ICU when health officials realized they screwed up.
Heres the official statement from the hospital. Via CNN:
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. Ducan 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.
In wake of today’s news, it kind of makes the whole “making fun of Ebola” thing even more classless, eh Houston Texans fans?