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Ebola virus hits the United States

October 9th, 2014

 

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus, remains in critical condition in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

According to NBC, Duncan is a Liberian native who was traveling to the United States to marry his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his 19-year-old son.

He contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, but did not develop symptoms until arriving in the United States.

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Over 3,400 people in West Africa have died from Ebola, the worst outbreak yet since the disease was first discovered in 1976, according to the CDC.

According to BBC, nearly 7,500 infections have been confirmed worldwide, but the actual number of cases is expected to be much higher.

While Duncan is the first person to be diagnosed in the United States, three United States aid workers and an American photojournalist have all contracted the virus in Liberia. According to CNN, around 10 people who came into contact with Duncan are at a “higher risk” for catching the disease. However, they are not showing any symptoms.

Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of Texas’ department of state health services, commented, “We’ve been very busy the last 24 hours trying to make sure that everyone who has had potential exposure is identified and they have been evaluated.”

Currently, three nations are battling the Ebola virus. Along with Liberia, both Guinea and Sierra Leone are facing the deadly disease.

Editor’s Note: Information from NBC, BBC and CNN was used in this report.