Ebola death in Texas sparks airport crackdown

A LIBERIAN man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died in a Texas hospital.

Thomas Eric Duncan died in a Dallas hospital on Wednesday, 10 days after he was admitted and despite receiving an experimental drug to fight off the illness.

“Mr Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle,” said a statement from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.


It’s believed he was infected with Ebola before he left Liberia and boarded a plane to visit family in Texas.

The death has sparked Washington to step up airport screening against the deadly virus.

According to a White House statement, visitors from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries hit hardest by the epidemic, will be screened.

The airports implementing the measures are John F. Kennedy International in New York, Washington Dulles International, Chicago O’Hare International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey.

More than 3400 people have been killed by Ebola across Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal since the beginning of the year.