The Ebola patient in an isolation unit in a Texas hospital, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died, officials said today.

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m.,” the hospital said in a statement.

“Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing,” the statement said.

Duncan, a Liberian man who had traveled to Texas to visit family, was the first person to contract the disease while in the U.S. and became the first person to die of the disease in the U.S.

Wait for the lawsuit.

  1. mojo says:

    “Contracted” in the US? Unlikely, to coin a phrase. “Expressed”, maybe. Contracted in Liberia.

  2. bobbo, are we Men of Science, or Devo says:

    Mojo–excellent point. We all have fingers crossed for those that did come into contact with him and may be the first to contract ebola in the US.

    I’m always “irritated” by the characterization of “fighting courageously.” It belittles what fighting courageously actually means as opposed to lieing (tolly==how do you spell that?) helplessly in a bed, comatose, being turned into festering goo.

    Lawsuit? Did the Hospital fail to properly respond? Yes. Would a proper response have saved his life? No one knows.

    I heard mention he lied about his whereabouts in Africa. I don’t think Patient Zero is going to have much jury sympathy.

    • ± says:

      Sheesh. Why don’t you and bobbo get a room?

      • Tim says:

        I’d check it with hard UV first. You know, to find out if there’s any cum stains and kill ebola and stuff first…

  3. bobbo, are we Men of Science, or Devo says:

    Just fyi, for the first time ever, about the fifth time it has occurred, I dropped a spinning hard drive about 14 inches onto a carpet.

    First time I haven’t lost the drive. I’m so happy. I was being careful, but now, I’m going Hazmat Level Five to get the power and data cords out of sight so I don’t trip on them walking by.

    Must have hit just perfectly not to trip the heads into the platters. I’m thinking the damage really comes not from the g’force of the hit but rather the vector force onto the axis of the spin?


    I have turned it off and will buy another hard drive to copy all its data then run it normally. I have made the decision to back all my data up to another hard drive. I have about 5 more Hard Drives to go. This hobby gets expensive.

    • Tim says:

      That is a puzzler. I *suppose* it possible that gyroscopic forces actually protected the drive from becoming misaligned(???????)…

      • bobbo, are we Men of Science, or Devo says:

        I’ve been staying away from the 4TBS drives as they have 4 platters and sticking with the 3TBS drives as they have 3. I assume giving the drives more room will make them more robust…all other factors being equal?

        NewEgg has a good sale on 3TBS WD Red drives today. I probably should just bite the bullet and buy 4 at a time.

        Is a NAS drive really any more reliable than “desk top.” How is a plebe to know?

        • Tim says:

          I’m not familiar with NAS. However, generally the smaller the platter for the same storage the *faster* the drive will be though (fixed rpm)… I’d *think* you’d be right about ‘more space’ but I was sorely mistaken about 2 gig spread amongst all sticks instead of just one for speed and heat dissipation.

          I *think* the newer drives have less mass/platter so that they’re still more ‘robust’ when you Sampsonite one.

          • Tim says:

            opps. That should read “the more storage for the same size platter”…

  4. PMitchell says:

    Just a question but has any study been made to see if Ebola is more deadly to people of African and non northern European decent . I know studies have shown that aids/HIV is far more easily transmitted in people of non northern European decent because by chance a mutation that helped Europeans live through the Black Plague also make it more difficult for aids/HIV top be transmitted …… just wondering

    • bobbo, are we Men of Science, or Devo says:

      A similar issue is: is being vaccinated for measles more or less likely to help transmit ebola?

      Everything is connected.

    • Tim says:

      Good pondering, there.

      I’ve *heard* many different things. From Lack of vita D to our ubiquitous detergent, sodium laureth et. al in particular, which is in everything western from toothpaste to handsoap to coated aspirin in western culture.

      I hope I’m wrong. I get bored being all ‘i told you so’ all the time <– not really.

      I'm predicting a higher %mortality here though there may be much fewer instances of infection. <– I'm no doctor but I did tea-up a couple caps and smoke a fat spliff last night…

      • betty says:

        ohh, right. and i suppose you reason that the detergent mechanism is because every cell wall is a lipid layer and the detergent thins them. derp.

  5. Porky Rottenham says:

    If we don’t close our borders until this business is under control, some of us are going to die.

  6. jpfitz says:

    The patient zero for the US dies and the residence he became sick in initially was cleaned way too late. The people who lived with our patient zero are still confined to their quarters. Who is to say that one of the confined hadn’t snuck out?

  7. MikeN says:

    His family should be billed for the medical expenses.

  8. ET says:

    It’s the AIDS epidemic all over again. Only this time, no screwing around with incubation periods.

    I know what the drug companies are thinking…


  9. MikeN says:

    Open borders is more important than protecting the public. Sending soldiers to get infected in Africa is absurd. They’d probably rather be fighting ISIS.

  10. Likes2LOL says:

    Hell, I’d rather die of Ebola than cancer anyday. Take me quick, God, a sudden onset heart attack or car accident sounds like a better way to go than a protracted illness, less messy than me with my shotgun, but that’s just me talking….. Hell, what do I know, I’m still alive… Bring it on, MFers! 😉

    • MikeN says:

      Don’t worry, according to one of ObamaCares architects, people should be dead at 75.

  11. MikeN says:

    Public is being reassured with temperature sensors that have no chance of actually detecting. Patient Zero would have gotten right through.

    Obama wants a crisis to make himself look good combatting it. Plus more power to the government. No more complaints about TSA after ebola. They might put Mark Perkel in jail for treason.

    Rahm Emanuel”Never let a crisis go to waste.”

  12. sargasso_c says:

    Old strains of ebola killed within a week. Five days, without medical care. Huge blood loss, patients literally drowned in their own blood. Entire villages disappeared. The latency period seems to have increased, making it transportable.

  13. Semantics says:

    Like my dear old grandfather used to say “The only good nigger is a dead nigger.

    • Tim says:

      ^^ That only applies to the current POTUS (aka ObOlma) and Eric Holder. Niether of which are really *black* <– if that is, indeed, what you mean.

      corrollary: The only good provacateur is one that bled out with a hedgehog jammed up his ass sideways but was held in restraint the whole time because he was a biter and they mistook him for having ebola.

  14. Phydeau says:

    (Reuters) – Almost $1 billion to help the U.S. military fight Ebola in West Africa has been tied up for nearly a month as the Obama administration negotiates with a handful of Republicans in Congress to lift their objections.

    The lawmakers are demanding detailed plans on uses for the funds, precautions to keep military personnel from contracting the deadly virus and prevent the mission from turning into an expensive, long-term Pentagon commitment.

    Let me get this straight… the Republicans are hammering Obama for not fighting Ebola, but at the same time are holding up release of the funds necessary with petty micromanaging?

    They really are serious about sabotaging everything Obama does.

  15. MikeN says:

    From the CDC director, regarding a travel ban:

    “But, as has been said, for every complex problem, there’s a solution that’s quick, simple, and wrong.

    It’s simply not feasible to build a wall – virtual or real – around a community, city, or country. A travel ban would essentially quarantine the more than 22 million people that make up the combined populations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

    • CDC Director says:

      you can only get ebola from a toilet seat if you sit down before the other fellow gets up.

  16. Michelle Oboloa (Mr.) says:

    i’m the real mrs oboloa (mr.) — ^^ that person is an imposter. Besides, it’s diet frezna thats required to swill down greul.


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