First Ebola patient in US dead; Was it medical fallacy or the disease?

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Washington, Oct 9: The first patient who was diagnosed with Ebola last Sunday has died on Wednesday morning at a Dallas Hospital. Duncan had come to US to visit his son and his family on Sept 20. He fell ill and was hospitalised on Sept 25, but was not diagnosed with the disease until he went back more severe symptoms.

His girfriend accused that he was not given the same medication as the other 3 US national who had come from Africa two days ago. She said,"I want Eric to be taken care of. The medicine that he gave the other Americans that came from Africa two days ago, they didn't give him the same medicine. I don't think Americans are doing enough to save him."

The anti-viral medication was not tried on human beings before it was administered on him, sources say. His family is now questioning whether it was medical fallacy that led to his death, report 7News.

UN chief appoints three Ebola crisis managers

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed three crisis managers for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where the Ebola epidemic is spreading.

His spokesperson said Wednesday Ban appointed Marcel Rudasingwa of Rwanda as Ebola crisis manager for Guinea, Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands for Liberia and Amadu Kamara of the US for Sierra Leone, Xinhua reported.

The crisis managers will work with their host governments and key stakeholders to ensure a rapid and effective international response to the Ebola crisis. The appointments are part of the newly established UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

Rudasingwa worked with the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) for almost 20 years, having served extensively in various senior management and leadership functions in Kenya, Mali, Guinea and Denmark, according to the announcement.

Graaff has a wealth of experience in international health issues with international affairs, having served extensively with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a number of countries in Africa, and Afghanistan and Hait.

Kamara has a diverse portfolio spanning the continent of Africa in international affairs. He has served extensively with the world organization in various senior management support functions and other roles in Liberia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Timor Leste, Haiti, and Lebanon.

The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, a highly contagious and fatal virus transmitted through close contact with the infected, has spread rapidly across West Africa since early cases were detected in March, leaving thousands of sick and dead in its wake and sowing panic among communities.

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