Though Thomas Eric Duncan is the first person diagnosed with Ebola on American soil, other people have been diagnosed with the disease in West Africa and then brought to the United States for treatment. One such person is Nancy Writebol, who recounts her experience and some offers advice here:
Extra cleaning at schools
Custodians are stepping up cleanup work at Dallas schools attended by the five students who may have been in contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola.
"We don't think there's any virus at any of those buildings, but we'll take that off the table, so we're doing extra cleaning and disinfecting," said Mike Miles, superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District.
Attendance at the schools Thursday was down to about 86%, Miles said.
Ebola victim's half-brother speaks
Wilfred Smallwood, who says he's a half-brother of U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, said Thursday that he doesn't believe Duncan knew he had Ebola when he left Liberia for the United States. "(It's) what we do in Liberia -- our tradition is to help somebody who needs help," he said when asked about Duncan's contact with Ebola patients.
Smallwood said that when Duncan first visited Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, neither Duncan nor the hospital knew then that he had Ebola.