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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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Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says he’s considering whether to prosecute the Liberian man who brought the Ebola virus to Dallas.

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In the northeast Dallas neighborhood of Vickery Meadow, where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan stayed before he was hospitalized, residents went about their day Friday as normally as possible. Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, whose district includes the neighborhood, has been trying to ease fears of residents.

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The Dallas family that lived in an apartment where a Liberian man fell ill with Ebola has been moved to a different home.

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A Dallas hospital says a man who has Ebola initially told an emergency room nurse that he had no contact with anyone who was ill when he was in Liberia.

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[We'll be updating this post throughout the day.] The Richardson school district has pulled three students from Wallace Elementary in northeast Dallas. In a letter sent to parents today, the district said the students had been in contact with the man being treated for Ebola at Presbyterian Hospital.

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A leading epidemiologist with UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas told KERA that North Texas should expect more than the one case of Ebola already diagnosed.  

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After health officials announced the first diagnosis of Ebola on U.S. soil Monday, people from North Texas and around the country are concerned – and have a lot of questions.

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A Dallas man diagnosed with Ebola spent the weekend around at least five school-children. Those students are now at home and will be monitored for fever, vomiting and other symptoms of the deadly disease. 

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Dallas ISD parents learned Wednesday that five children in four different schools may have had contact with the man diagnosed with Ebola.

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Ebola is the talk of Vickery Meadow in northeast Dallas. It's a refugee-rich neighborhood with a significant West African population – and it’s where a man was visiting before he became the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus.