Ebola: Dallas, TXOn September 19, 2014 Thomas E Duncan boarded a flight from Monrovia, Liberia to visit his girlfriend and family in Dallas, Texas. After feeling ill on the 25th he went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas where he was prescribed antibiotics and sent back to the apartment he was staying in with his girlfriend and members of her family. On the 28th, Duncan was transported via ambulance from the apartment back to the hospital where two days later the CDC would confirm he was the first patient to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States.
Duncan had come in contact with several people during the days he was contagious including children at four different schools, family, friends and nurses at the hospital as well as strangers. Schools were closed, the whole neighborhood was on edge and hundreds of people were monitored daily by the CDC and several were placed under government quarantine.
Two nurses at the hospital, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, contracted the virus caring for Duncan and after being sent to different hospitals out of state both were successfully treated. Duncan passed away in isolation at the Dallas hospital on October 8, 2014.