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October 10th, 2014
10:43 PM ET

Dallas Ebola patient's nephew: Duncan had 103-degree fever, released anyway

Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan's family tells CNN's Erin Burnett that Duncan had a 103-degree fever when a Texas hospital sent him home.

Duncan's family tells Burnett that on Duncan's first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas, the same night he told staff he'd just arrived from Africa, he was sent home with a temperature of 103 degrees.

If true, it's the latest indication that the hospital missed major signs of a man with Ebola. CNN reached out to the hospital, but was told they are "evaluating the chain of events" leading up to Duncan's death.

CNN's Erin Burnett speaks exclusively to Duncan's nephew, Josephus Weeks about his uncle's treatment.


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  1. D'Anne Winston

    What happened to the rest of Duncan's family ? If the nurse got sick following proper procedures, then what do you think is going on with the family? It seems that the moment he died, everyone stop reporting on people who were in contact with him. Is there a lack of follow-up in Texas?

    October 13, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  2. Kim Dea

    Not racial, not about the color… GET OVER that… They did as much as they could. It’s an scary epidemic decease, even one nurse contacted it. Hope his family not seeing an opportunity to get free easy money.

    October 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  3. Alex

    Very disappointing interview by Erin, and the overall approach to the Duncan family. It's sad news what happened indeed, and I wish the family would take into account the millions of dollars spent in his relative, a complete ward of a hospital closed for him, while many people in this country do not have access to basic medical attention. So instead of accusing and feeling mis-treated, the Duncan Family should be grateful for the efforts of so many people and the risks that they took to help this man. They are in debt with every person involved in this case and the hospital worker now sick with Ebola. Erin, we are your fans but please stop this condescending approach, your audience misses the smart and courageous sensibility that you have exhibited since the beginning of your career... remember?

    October 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  4. DownSideofFame

    Nope that was not the case period...u are in the know..in the loop, of World Breaking Headlines
    Made from one blood, every nation of men. Acts 17 chapter verse 26..
    The hospital is in the business to save life's ( Not what this Family claims Shameful Acts )
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    October 12, 2014 at 11:25 am | Reply
  5. Dburge

    If everything was a White and Black thing like all the people of color are stating then why on earth is a white Marine still in a Mexico Prison???? If people would act like human beings instead of always pulling the Race Card maybe they would gain a little respect. Is there racism yes on both sides it is not just one sided as we are trying ti be lead to believe
    CNN You have one on your staff that helps to feed this problem Sunny Hostin with her it is always Racially based.
    I fo one am sick and tired of hearing the oh I am a poor black in the USA..

    October 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  6. Sonya Castaneda

    we know Ebola symptoms start to present between 2-21 days. If anyone wants to get on a plane from any of the affect countries in west Africa then they should be required to get their temperature checked 21 days before their scheduled departure plus re checked 3 times on the day of departure. I suggest the 21 day predeparture temperature check be stamped on their passport and done at the airport they wish to depart. Yes, this could create some hardship or difficulty getting to the airport 21 days before departure, but this would be a simple cost effective way to try to limit potentially affect patients from leaving West Africa. Upon arrival to their destination the passenger is required to have their temperature checked upon arrival, rechecked 7, day later, then 14 days and then again 21 days post arrival. Passport stamped each time. Ask the passenger each time which airport they plan to have their 7,14 & 21 day temperature checked-maybe this can be done at a medical center. Enter this info into a database for tracking.

    October 11, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
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  8. GirlCharlie

    I think Mr. Duncan's nephew should sue CNN for not allowing him to stop the interview. It is obvious, Erin Burnett was being selfishly racist by exploiting this poor black man while he was trying to grieve !!

    October 11, 2014 at 5:37 am | Reply
  9. GirlCharlie

    As bad as CNN would love this situation to be racial, it’s not. What happened to his uncle happens ALL THE TIME in hospitals. My mother died because she needed a blood transfusion and it took the hospital a couple of hours to get the blood, but it was too late. The hospital should have had the blood ready when EMS arrived at the hospital, so the transfusion could have been started immediately. Since my mother was discharged from the same hospital a day and a half prior, her blood type should have been on file. Why didn’t his uncle specifically say, “I’m afraid that I contracted Ebola, since I traveled from Liberia and was in direct contact with several people who has this virus?
    Therefore, I need for someone to call the chief medical officer and have him call the CDC right now!” If Mr. Duncan had handled his situation this way, he probably would have been medivacked to Emory hospital that night. Instead he tells the nurses he flew in from Africa, which normally doesn’t cause panic. It does now because of what happened. The bottom line is this is not a racial situation and people are getting tired of being accused of being racist. I think Erin Burnett was being selfishly racist for forcing him to finish her interview!!

    October 11, 2014 at 3:43 am | Reply

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