October 7th, 2014
10:01 PM ET

Dallas Ebola patient waited nearly a week for experimental drug: "I'm concerned with the delay," Jesse Jackson says

(CNN) - Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, received an experimental medicine nearly a week after being admitted into the hospital - a far longer wait than experienced by four other Ebola patients treated in the United States.

Those patients - two each at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center - received their experimental medicines immediately. Those four are U.S. citizens; Duncan is a Liberian national.
"We feel he didn't get the medicine and treatment for the disease because he's African and they don't consider him as important as the other three," Josephus Weeks, Duncan's nephew, said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who attended the press conference with Weeks and Duncan's mother as a newly appointed spokesman for the family, added, "We don't feel good about that. It's been a concern he had to wait so long."

Jackson said he thinks money also played a role in Duncan's treatment.

"I would tend to think that those who do not have insurance, those who do not have Medicaid do not have the same priorities as those who do," the civil rights leader said.


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