The hospital’s spokesman, Wendell Watson in an emailed statement said, “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51am.”
Duncan carried the deadly virus with him from his home in Liberia, though he showed no symptoms when he left for the United States. He arrived in Dallas Sept. 20 and fell ill several days later. His condition was downgraded during the weekend from serious to critical. About 48 people with whom Duncan had been in contact are being monitored.
According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has killed more than 3,400 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since the outbreak began in March. Nearly half of all those who were infected with the disease have died.