Thomas Eric Dunan: First Ebola death in the U.S.
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Thomas Duncan was the first person to die of Ebola in the United States. After the torture that the ebola illness brought to him, his suffering ended Wednesday, October 1. Duncan had just returned from West Africa, where ebola has killed over 3,400 people. While he was in West Africa he helped care for a woman who had ebola. Because ebola is such a contagious disease, people are screened for ebola before they are allowed on a plane join to the USA from Africa. Even though Duncan was screened for Ebola, he had ebola but they did not know that. This raises questions about whether or not America is really safe from ebola. When Duncan was asked if he had been in contact with anyone with ebola, his response was no. After Duncan started to get the symptoms for ebola, (fever, vomiting, and diarrhea ), he was diagnosed with ebola where he was isolated at Texas Health presbyterian. Duncan died a few days after being isolated in the hospital however his body is still contagious. Therefore,he is put in a special bag when he is barred.
Ideals Related to this story:
Two ideals that are related to this story are opportunity and rights.
This epidemic is now one of the main focuses of the government, which means that the government does not have the opportunity to engage in other national problems. Instead of debating about a new law or education, we are focusing on a disease that could potentially spread throughout the USA and cause a lot of devastation. Finding a cure to this disease is crucial however, it prevents opportunities for other problems to be solved and focused on. Since Duncan had ebola, he had to be isolated so the disease would not spread. Duncan deserves a last dying wish if he wanted one. It is anyones right to decide what they want to do with their life. However, he and anyone else who has ebola would not be allowed to go anywhere unless he or she were isolated. Also, these few people in the USA who have ebola or had ebola receive or received more care than other patients with deadly diseases.