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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.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

Friday is a big day in North Texas: It’s the last day of monitoring for any North Texan who might have been exposed to Ebola. If all goes well – and so far, it has -- Dallas will be Ebola-free.

Perry Issues New Ebola Monitoring Recommendations

Nov 4, 2014
Texas Tribune livestream

Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday he is recommending that the state should implement a new classification system for monitoring health care workers and others returning from West African nations dealing with the Ebola outbreak.

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A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola will soon be reunited with her dog, which has been sequestered since his owner became ill.

Texas Health Resources

Dallas nurse Amber Vinson was discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and spoke at a noon press conference.


It has been almost a month since a Liberian man was taken to a Dallas hospital and put in isolation after he began exhibiting symptoms of the Ebola virus. Healthcare workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital spoke to CBS' Scott Pelley about what happened in those 10 days and Thomas Eric Duncan’s last moments.

Texas Health Resources

Nina Pham, the first infected nurse with Ebola in Dallas, is back home in North Texas. She arrived late Friday night at  Fort Worth's Meacham International Airport. Her family was there to greet her.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

Cole Edmonson has spent the last month facing the biggest challenge of his career. He’s chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, which means he oversees 1,300 nurses. One of them, Nina Pham, was declared Ebola-free and released today from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The other, Amber Vinson, has tested negative for the virus but is still being treated in Atlanta.

Edmonson sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

City of Dallas/Animal Services / Facebook

Bentley, probably one of the country’s most famous dogs, is doing well, according to a new video posted on the city of Dallas’ YouTube page.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

Gov. Rick Perry’s recently appointed task force for infectious diseases held its first public hearing this morning in Austin. 

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The family of a Dallas nurse who flew to Ohio and was diagnosed with Ebola says doctors no longer detect the virus in her body.