He’s getting sicker.
Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Duncan is now in critical condition, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said Saturday. He was previously listed in serious but stable condition.
Hos worsened condition comes after his family said he had become “too sick to speak,” Friday. They no longer have any communication with the 42-yaer-old, who has been in isolation since Sunday.
Earlier this week, Duncan became the first — and so far only — person to test positive for Ebola on U.S. soil. He contracted the virus during a trip to Liberia, but traveled to Texas before he was diagnosed.
Duncan originally went to the hospital on Sept. 25, but was sent home with antibiotics and pain pills.
Three days later, he went back to the Dallas hospital in an ambulance. Doctors finally isolated him and began investigating anyone who was in contact with Duncan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring 50 people close to the Liberia native. While not in hospital isolation, their temperatures’ are being taken daily, officials said.
Matt York/AP Wilfred Smallwood, Duncan’s brother, speaks about the 42-year-old while holding a photo of him. dfw.cbslocal.com Hazmat crews cleaned Duncan’s Dallas apartment Friday.
The people who live with Duncan — his partner, Louise Troh, her son 13-year-old son and her two nephews — were moved to quarantine in a private home Friday so crews could disinfect Duncan’s apartment.
Of the 50 possibly exposed to Ebola, 10 are at “high risk” for developing the disease, health officials announced Friday.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is centered in three West African countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More than 7,100 cases have been reported in those countries and 3,330 of those were deadly.
The number of people reporting Ebola-like symptoms has ballooned since Duncan’s diagnosis. Possible patients in Hawaii, Georgia and Washington, D.C., all tested negative for the virus this week.
With News Wire Services