Friday, 3 October 2014

Photo : Meet Thomas Eric Duncan, who Transferred Ebola from Liberia to USA

Thomas Eric Duncan
Thomas Eric Duncan has been named as the man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. 
He's not a U.S. citizen and lives in Liberia, but brought the virus into the US on a visit. 
According to public health officials:
Duncan is in stable condition in a Dallas hospital. Duncan flew to America from Liberia via Belgium on a United Airlines flight

He first landed in Washington D.C. It is suspected that Duncan got Ebola on September 15th in Liberia when he helped a neighbor, Marthalene Williams, get to the hospital in a taxi. Marthalene who was seven months pregnant, had ebola and was convulsing and vomiting. She later died at the 3:00 a.m. on September 20 at home after being turned away from the hospital due to overcrowding. 
It's reported that when she was being brought into the hospital, she was so weak Duncan had to carry her. 
Two other people (not including Duncan) who came in contact with Williams contracted Ebola and died subsequently. One of those who died was Marthalene Williams's brother, identified as Sonny Boy. 
He was in the taxi with Duncan and his sister. The Williams family were Duncan's landlords, he rented a small room from them in Monrovia, Liberia. 
Duncan who wasn't shnowing any symptoms at the time, arrived in the U.S. on September 20th, but began to feel unwell on September 24th. By September 28, he was admitted to Texas Presbyterian hospital, but was diagnosed with Ebola on September 30. 
The Duncan claimed that he went to an ER in the Dallas area on September 26 but was sent home with antibiotics, because upon first assessment, doctors felt that Duncan only had a "low-grade common viral disease.". It was not until September 28 when he went to Texas Presbyterian that he was admitted. 
According to a statement from the Dallas Independent School district, Duncan also came into contact with five children from four different schools. The schools affected are Emmett J. Conrad High School (the high school his son, Eric Duncan says he attended), Sam Tasby Middle School, L.L. 
Hotchkiss Elementary School and Dan D. Rogers Elementary. Those students are not exhibiting any symptoms but have been told to stay home from school as a precaution. 
Dr. Christopher Perkins, from the Dallas Department of Health and Human Services, told the media that there were five people staying at the same home as Duncan. In total, Duncan is believed to have been in contact with 12-18 other people during his stay in the U.S. 
Doctors have not been specific on how Duncan is being treated, just that there is no more ZMapp available to them. Nigeria plans to send a team of medical professionals to help the US.

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