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Ebola in Dallas

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On Sept. 30, 2014, the United States had its first diagnosis of the Ebola virus. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, tested positive for the virus days after he was initially sent home from a Dallas emergency room. Many questions arose since that fatal diagnosis: how two nurses contracted the virus from Duncan, the ability of Texas Health Presbyterian to keep its workers safe, whether Duncan received proper medical care, and more.

Here you’ll find KERA’s coverage of events, including radio stories, live blogs, and a timeline detailing what happened that fall.

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Family members are remembering Thomas Eric Duncan this week -- Tuesday would have been the 43rd birthday of the Ebola victim who died this fall in Dallas. KERA recently traveled to North Carolina to visit the family of the Liberian national. 

Time magazine

Doctors, nurses and others who fought back against Ebola have been named Time’s Person of the Year for 2014. They include Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth-trained doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, as well as Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, the two Dallas nurses who became infected with Ebola after treating an Ebola patient.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The doctor who missed the diagnosis of the first Dallas Ebola patient speaks out; will Eric Williams get life in prison or the death penalty?; arrests made overnight in a crime spree; and more.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Building on previous suggestions, including the establishment of two specialized Ebola treatment centers, a task force on Thursday released its full report on how the state could better handle an outbreak of an infectious disease.

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Officials say the emergency response to the Ebola crisis in Dallas cost the city about $155,000 -- including nearly $27,000 to care for the dog of a nurse infected with the virus.


A lawyer for the family of the only Ebola patient in the United States to die says the hospital that treated him will create a foundation in his name.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dallas County health officials announced Tuesday they are monitoring two health care workers for Ebola, although they don’t show any symptoms of the virus.

Texas Health Resources

The Ebola monitoring period in Dallas has come to an end. The last person who had contact with the three Dallas Ebola patients was cleared from twice-daily monitoring late Friday afternoon, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

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The Ebola virus has dominated the news in North Texas since it was announced on Sept. 29 that a man at a Dallas hospital might have the deadly disease. On Sept. 30, medical tests confirmed that Thomas Eric Duncan had the Ebola virus. 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the fall of 2014, Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, was treated at a Dallas hospital and diagnosed with the Ebola virus. He died in October.

The news put North Texas in the national spotlight for weeks. Here’s KERA's roundup of coverage surrounding the diagnosis, including live blogs, online stories, radio reports and videos.