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Report: Ebola patient in Texas has died

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Oct 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-08 11:49:03-04

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, has died at a hospital in Dallas, according to Associated Press and wire reports.

Earlier this week, Duncan's family visited him via a camera system at Dallas' Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The patient arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20. 

Officials said he contracted the disease in Liberia. He had been kept in isolation in the Dallas hospital.

In recent days, reports indicated Duncan's liver function improved but was expected to fluctuate.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed about 3,400 people. It spreads through contact of bodily fluids and requires isolation of patients in order to stop from being spread.

To attempt to stop Ebola from entering the United States, President Barack Obama recently announced that temperature screenings will occur at airports and will be done on those flying in from West African countries.

Those are expected to begin in the next few days.