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BC-Ebola-Duncan’s Last Days,ADVISORY

October 11, 2014


Calling to your attention to BC-US--Ebola-Duncan’s Last Days, an AP Exclusive based on medical records that chronicles the declining medical condition of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person ever to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus on United States soil.


Despite five days of intensive treatment, Thomas Eric Duncan’s condition was deteriorating. Then, suddenly on the afternoon of Oct. 2, there was a hopeful sign. Duncan was hungry. Nurses at a Texas hospital raised the 45-year-old welder from Liberia into a sitting position and gave him a snack — a packet of saltine crackers and some Sprite. Six days later, Duncan was gone. The first person ever to be diagnosed with the dreaded Ebola virus on United States soil was the first in this country to die of it. Hundreds of pages of medical records provided to The Associated Press chart the disease’s relentlessness march through Duncan’s body. And they provide an unprecedented look at how Ebola killed despite the aggressive efforts doctors made to save him. By Emily Schmall, Lauran Neergaard and Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,800 words, photos. UPCOMING: An abridged version of 800 words by 2:30 p.m.

— EBOLA-DUNCAN’S LAST DAYS-TIMELINE — Key dates in the case. SENT: 140 words.

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