The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola within the US
has died, Texas hospital officials have said.
Thomas Duncan, who caught the virus in his native Liberia,
was being kept in isolation in a Dallas hospital and receiving
Earlier the US announced new security procedures at entry
points to check travellers for symptoms of the virus.
More than 3,000 people have died in West Africa in the
worst Ebola outbreak yet.
While Duncan was the first person to be diagnosed within
the US, three American aid workers and a photojournalist
contracted the virus in Liberia.
“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment
that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric
Duncan this morning at 7:51 am,” a spokesman said in a
The news came shortly after US Secretary of State John Kerry
urged all nations to boost their response to combat the
“More countries can and must step up,” he said in a joint
press conference with his British counterpart Philip
The US has pledged as many as 4,000 troops to the region,
while the UK is sending 750 military personnel to Sierra
Duncan, a Liberian national, tested positive in Dallas, Texas,
on 30 September, 10 days after arriving on a flight from
Monrovia via Brussels.
After going to hospital with symptoms, he told them he had
been to Liberia but was sent home with antibiotics.
Four days later, he was placed in isolation and given an
experimental drug to treat Ebola, but his condition
continued to worsen.
Following Duncan’s diagnosis, the first case of contagion
outside that continent was confirmed in Spain, where a
nurse who treated an Ebola victim in Madrid contracted the
Ebola spreads through contact with the bodily fluids of
someone who has the virus and the only way to stop an
outbreak is to isolate those who are infected.
Earlier on Wednesday, US officials announced travellers
from Ebola-affected countries will face increased security
scrutiny at American airports.
The Department of Homeland Security has ordered agents at
airports and other ports to “observe” arrivals for potential
signs of Ebola infection.
The new security measures, rolled out by the Transportation
Security Administration, will reportedly take effect this
weekend or early next week.