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Thomas Eric Duncan dead: Dallas hospital says Ebola patient has died

The Dallas apartment complex where Eric Duncan came

The Dallas apartment complex where Eric Duncan came in contact with other people is decontaminated on October 6, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Joe Raedle

The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, died on Wednesday morning at a Dallas hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

"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 am," hospital spokesman Wendell Watson said in an emailed statement.

Duncan became ill after arriving in the Texas city from the West African country of Liberia on Sept. 20 to visit family, heightening concerns the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record could spread in the United States.

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