Texas hospital officials have announced that the first person to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus on US soil has died.
They also named the man, Liberian National Thomas Eric Duncan aged 42, who caught the virus in his home country, was in the process of being treated with an experimental drug in isolation in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
He worked as a driver for a courier company, and 10 days after arriving on a flight from Monrovia to Dallas on 30th September he was tested positive. Currently ten people who he had come into contact with are being monitored for signs of symptoms.
Also in response to Mr Duncan being diagnosed the US had announced that new screening measures would be implemented at entry points to check travellers for symptoms of the virus.
In a statement, the hospital in Dallas said “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51am.”
US President Barack Obama also spoke out, “Our thoughts today are with his family….we don’t have a lot of margin for error. If we don’t follow protocols and procedures that are put in place, we’re putting folks in our communities at risk.”
To this end, the US has urged other countries to increase their efforts in battling the virus, with the US themselves pledging to send 4,000 troops to the region to assist. The UK will be sending 750 into Sierra Leone.
Following Duncan’s diagnosis, there has been the first contraction of the virus in Spain, by a nurse who was treating an Ebola victim in Madrid. While being treated, her dog had been put down by health authorities, sparking protests and anger from animal rights groups.