1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US dies

Josephus Weeks, Rev. Jesse Jackson
Josephus Weeks, left, nephew of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, stands next to the Rev. Jesse Jackson as he finishes up speaking to reporters this week in Dallas.
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A Dallas hospital spokesman says the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has died.

Wendell Watson of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital says Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday morning.

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Duncan arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 from Liberia and fell ill a few days later. He was sent home after an initial visit to the emergency room, but taken back to the hospital Sept. 28 and has been kept in isolation ever since.

Others in Dallas could be in danger as officials try to contain the virus that has ravaged West Africa, killing thousands of people. Officials say 10 people had direct contact with Duncan while he was contagious.

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