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US Ebola patient Thomas Duncan dies in Dallas


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US Ebola patient Thomas Duncan dies in Dallas

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died.

Mr Duncan passed away in the isolation unit at the Dallas hospital where he was undergoing treatment.

A Liberian national, Duncan contracted the virus while in the West African country.

He tested positive in Dallas on September 30, ten days after travelling from the Liberian capital Monrovia via Brussels.

Doctors used an experimental drug to treat his condition, but his health continued to deteriorate.

News of his demise came as Washington announced stricter airport security measures for passengers arriving from countries affected by Ebola.

The announcement will add to the growing global unease surrounding the virus as euronews Washington correspondent Stefan Grobe explained: “There was already a high level of anxiety among many Americans and the death in Texas only fans the Ebola fears. Despite assurances from authorities that the virus is under control, I’ve heard people questioning whether to use public transport or whether to send their children to school. It’s not yet panic but there is nervousness.”

The new airport regulations are due to come into force by the weekend.

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