Today, it was reported that the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S. Thomas Eric Duncan, age 33, has died. Duncan was being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital located in Dallas, Texas. Thomas Eric Duncan was a Liberian national who had come to the U.S. on a Visa with plans to marry his fiancee that resides in the U.S., she is the one who took him to the hospital first, when he was sent home with antibiotics, only later to be admitted. His fiancee and her relatives living in the apartment with her were quarantined, and later moved to a new location for 21+ days. Duncan’s brother, and son came out in support of him in interviews, I am sure that they are suffering greatly at this time from this latest development. My heart goes out to the family, and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan.
Many are pointing out how Duncan did not receive the same level of care as other Ebola patients, I am sure that the lessons learned from this tragic case will show if there are future cases. Duncan’s case should lead to quicker response, testing, and acquiring of Ebola medication for U.S. Ebola patients.
Thomas Eric Duncan was a tragic case, that the U.S. learned a lot of about themselves from, now the U.S. is increasing screens at airports with temperature testing, a look at travel history, and a questionnaire. In hospitals U.S. has learned to not send possible Ebola patients home, to ask travel history, and relate that information to the decision makers. In U.S. the CDC has now learned that they cannot leave soiled items of removed Ebola patients in the dwellings of quarantined people, and they must arrange food aid to those quarantined for 21 days in dwellings.
RIP to Thomas Eric Duncan.