Via The Dallas Morning News, which has several stories on this: Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan dies at Dallas hospital. Excerpt and then a comment:
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Wednesday announced that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who was the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, has died.
The hospital issued the following statement by email:
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.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins also issued a statement:
My thoughts are with the family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan at this time, especially his fiancée Louise, their son Karsiah and all those who loved him. We are also thinking of the dedicated hospital staff who assisted Mr. Duncan daily while he fought this terrible disease. We offer prayers of comfort and peace to everyone impacted by his passing.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings acknowledged Duncan's passing at Wednesday's Dallas City Council meeting.
"This hurts deeply," Rawlings said. "We were hoping this was not going to happen."
The 42-year-old Duncan put a face on the deadly virus that has taken nearly 4,000 lives in a West African epidemic this year. He drew worldwide attention to the Dallas hospital, where he lay in isolation for 10 days. His ordeal brought home to Americans the reality of a plague once considered a far-away problem.
Duncan also did North American public health an enormous service: His presence in the US taught us all how much we have to do to improve our health care in general and our hospitals in particular.