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First Ebola Patient Diagnosed in America Dies

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DALLAS, TX - A Dallas hospital spokesman says the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has died.

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

Duncan arrived in Dallas September 20th 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 about a week later, where he has been kept in isolation ever since.

Others in Dallas could be in danger as health professionals try to contain the virus that has ravaged West Africa, killing thousands of people. 

The Centers for Disease Control says 10 people had direct contact with Duncan while he was contagious.