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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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KERA has confirmed that the nurse who’s tested positive for Ebola is Nina Pham, a 26-year-old graduate of Texas Christian University who also attended Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth.

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It was business as usual Monday morning in the East Dallas neighborhood where the first patient to contract Ebola in the U.S. lives.

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[We will update this post throughout the day.]  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday afternoon that the health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus. It is the first known case of Ebola being contracted in the U.S.

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Saymendy Lloyd, a friend of the woman who planned to marry Thomas Duncan, spoke on behalf of the family of the Dallas Ebola patient during a press conference Friday afternoon. 

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The experimental drug Brincidofovir was administered to the Dallas Ebola patient as soon as it possibly could, Texas Health Presbyterian officials said Thursday afternoon.

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A prayer vigil planned for Thomas Eric Duncan became a memorial service Wednesday night after it was announced he had died from the Ebola virus. Wilshire Baptist Church in East Dallas was filled with about a hundred mourners who had never met Duncan. 

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A little more than two weeks ago when Thomas Eric Duncan arrived in the U.S., he stayed at his girlfriend’s apartment in Dallas' Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Today, the ethnically diverse community of immigrants and refugees in the neighborhood learned of his death by word of mouth and watching TV.

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[We will update this story throughout the day.]  Thomas Duncan, the Dallas Ebola patient, died shortly before 8 a.m. Meanwhile, a patient has been sent to Texas Health Presbyterian after falling ill and reporting possible Ebola exposure.

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Shortly after 10 this morning, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas made the announcement that Thomas Eric Duncan had died. 

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State lawmakers today demanded details about how the first U.S. diagnosed case of Ebola has been handled. The CDC is working on new screening procedures for air travelers.

Meanwhile, Ebola patient remains in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. He’s on a ventilator and is undergoing kidney dialysis.

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