New Details on the 1st US Ebola Patient

Thomas Eric Duncan initially was released from a Texas hospital despite telling a nurse he came from a stricken African country.
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covering it all. Begin with Dallas where ebola has the city on edge this morning as we learn more about the man infected. How he entered America. Liberia to Brussel and to Dallas. And Cecilia Vega has the latest. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you. As the first patient ever diagnosed with ebola in the United States remains in serious condition at this hospital, Dallas is a city in fear. Overnight, new details about the ebola patient Thomas Eric dunc Duncan, a father and former chauffeur from Liberia. He prayed by phone with family members from the confines of his quarantined room. His nephew speaking overnight, expressing concern for his uncle. We're hoping and praying that Eric survives the night. And we have our hopes up for him. Reporter: This morning as investigators race to stop this deadly disease from spreading, serious questions for Texas health presbyterian hospital. The sick patient was allowed to leave the E.R. Despite telling the nurse he'd come from a stricken african country. He went back to the community before being admitted two days later. Regretfully, that information was not fully communicate the throughout the full team. Reporter: Up to 18 people with close contact with Duncan now under medical observation, including five children receiving regular checks for fever. A symptom of ebola. Even local schools scrubbed down and alerted. The children and the adults live in the apartment complex where Duncan visited all ordered to keep away from work and school for 21 days. A disease with no vaccine, ebola has an incubation period of up to three weeks. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. T"the New York timethe New York time times reporting that he contracted it just four days before he traveled to the U.S. After helping a woman to the hospital. And there are new worries there could be a second ebola patient in Hawaii. The virus has not been confirmed. But that patient is being held in isolation.

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