Thomas Eric Duncan has been named as the man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. He’s not a U.S. citizen and had recently been in Liberia. Duncan was first named by the Associated Press. The most important may be he was sent home from the hospital for two days before being readmitted.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. Duncan May Have Contracted Ebola While Trying to Save a Pregnant Woman’s Life
The New York Times reports that on September 15 Duncan helped a neighbor, Marthalene Williams, get to the hospital. She was seven months pregnant, convulsing and vomiting. Williams died at the 3:00 a.m. on September 20. Two other people (not including Duncan) who came in contact with her contracted Ebola and died subsequently.
2. He Was Sent Home From an ER on September 26
Duncan arrived in the U.S. on September 20, he began to feel unwell on September 24. Finally on September 28, he was admitted to Texas Presbyterian hospital. Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola on September 30. The AP report that named Duncan says that he went to an ER in the Dallas area on September 26 but was sent home with antibiotics. It was not until September 28 when he went to Texas Presbyterian that he was admitted.
3. He Has a Son in the U.S.
4. He Had Contact With Kids Who Attend 4 Schools
5. He Is Not Receiving the Drug Used to Treat Americans Who Recovered From Ebola