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On Sept. 30, 2014, the United States had its first diagnosis of the Ebola virus. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, tested positive for the virus days after he was initially sent home from a Dallas emergency room. Many questions arose since that fatal diagnosis: how two nurses contracted the virus from Duncan, the ability of Texas Health Presbyterian to keep its workers safe, whether Duncan received proper medical care, and more.

Here you’ll find KERA’s coverage of events, including radio stories, live blogs, and a timeline detailing what happened that fall.

Center for Strategic & International Studies

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Watch a new documentary on Ebola in Dallas; Dallas takes part in exclusive McDonald’s menu expansion experiment; Whole Foods filed a counter-lawsuit against an Austin pastor in heated cake matters; and more.

Jim Tuttle / The Dallas Morning News

In 2014, Americans watched from afar as the Ebola virus raged through West Africa, killing thousands and threatening millions. Until Sept. 30, when a Liberian man named Thomas Eric Duncan tested positive in a Dallas emergency room.

An Austin Lab Tries To Create An Ebola Vaccine

Sep 29, 2015

Dallas faced an unprecedented public health scare in the fall of 2014 when a Liberian national was diagnosed with the Ebola virus. KERA is exploring lessons learned – and taking a deeper look at what happened last year – in a new series called "Surviving Ebola."

Christina Ulsh / KERA News

Less than 24 hours after Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan was confirmed to have the Ebola virus, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was thrust into a leadership role few people had trained for.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

A year after Ebola arrived in Dallas, it might seem like hospitals and clinics are back to normal – except for the leftover hand sanitizer pumps and the occasional sign warning about international travel.

Cooper Neill / Texas Tribune

A year ago this month, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil entered Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas. On Friday, the hospital is releasing findings from an independent panel that reviewed what happened and what went wrong.


Last year, when Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die from Ebola in the U.S., he left behind his fiancée, Louise Troh. On Monday's Think, Krys Boyd talked to Troh about how she leaned on her family and faith to make it through.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

Seven months after Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S. last year, the hospital where he was treated reached a settlement with his family. Texas Health Resources agreed to create the Thomas Eric Duncan Memorial Fund in his honor. The $125,000 in seed money will go towards training nurses and doctors in Liberia. 

Texas Health Resources Facebook

An attorney for one of the two nurses who contracted Ebola at a Dallas hospital last fall says her client is going ahead with plans to sue her employer.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

A nurse who contracted Ebola last year at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has filed a lawsuit against her employer, Texas Health Resources.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Family members are remembering Thomas Eric Duncan this week -- Tuesday would have been the 43rd birthday of the Ebola victim who died this fall in Dallas. KERA recently traveled to North Carolina to visit the family of the Liberian national. 

Time magazine

Doctors, nurses and others who fought back against Ebola have been named Time’s Person of the Year for 2014. They include Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth-trained doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, as well as Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, the two Dallas nurses who became infected with Ebola after treating an Ebola patient.

Flickr / americannurseproject

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The doctor who missed the diagnosis of the first Dallas Ebola patient speaks out; will Eric Williams get life in prison or the death penalty?; arrests made overnight in a crime spree; and more.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Building on previous suggestions, including the establishment of two specialized Ebola treatment centers, a task force on Thursday released its full report on how the state could better handle an outbreak of an infectious disease.

City of Dallas/Animal Services / Facebook

Officials say the emergency response to the Ebola crisis in Dallas cost the city about $155,000 -- including nearly $27,000 to care for the dog of a nurse infected with the virus.


A lawyer for the family of the only Ebola patient in the United States to die says the hospital that treated him will create a foundation in his name.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dallas County health officials announced Tuesday they are monitoring two health care workers for Ebola, although they don’t show any symptoms of the virus.

Texas Health Resources

The Ebola monitoring period in Dallas has come to an end. The last person who had contact with the three Dallas Ebola patients was cleared from twice-daily monitoring late Friday afternoon, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

Facebook/The Texas Tribune

The Ebola virus has dominated the news in North Texas since it was announced on Sept. 29 that a man at a Dallas hospital might have the deadly disease. On Sept. 30, medical tests confirmed that Thomas Eric Duncan had the Ebola virus. 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the fall of 2014, Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, was treated at a Dallas hospital and diagnosed with the Ebola virus. He died in October.

The news put North Texas in the national spotlight for weeks. Here’s KERA's roundup of coverage surrounding the diagnosis, including live blogs, online stories, radio reports and videos.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

Friday is a big day in North Texas: It’s the last day of monitoring for any North Texan who might have been exposed to Ebola. If all goes well – and so far, it has -- Dallas will be Ebola-free.

Perry Issues New Ebola Monitoring Recommendations

Nov 4, 2014
Texas Tribune livestream

Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday he is recommending that the state should implement a new classification system for monitoring health care workers and others returning from West African nations dealing with the Ebola outbreak.

City of Dallas/Animal Services / Facebook

A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola will soon be reunited with her dog, which has been sequestered since his owner became ill.

Texas Health Resources

Dallas nurse Amber Vinson was discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and spoke at a noon press conference.


It has been almost a month since a Liberian man was taken to a Dallas hospital and put in isolation after he began exhibiting symptoms of the Ebola virus. Healthcare workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital spoke to CBS' Scott Pelley about what happened in those 10 days and Thomas Eric Duncan’s last moments.

Texas Health Resources

Nina Pham, the first infected nurse with Ebola in Dallas, is back home in North Texas. She arrived late Friday night at  Fort Worth's Meacham International Airport. Her family was there to greet her.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

Cole Edmonson has spent the last month facing the biggest challenge of his career. He’s chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, which means he oversees 1,300 nurses. One of them, Nina Pham, was declared Ebola-free and released today from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The other, Amber Vinson, has tested negative for the virus but is still being treated in Atlanta.

Edmonson sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

City of Dallas/Animal Services / Facebook

Bentley, probably one of the country’s most famous dogs, is doing well, according to a new video posted on the city of Dallas’ YouTube page.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

Gov. Rick Perry’s recently appointed task force for infectious diseases held its first public hearing this morning in Austin. 

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The family of a Dallas nurse who flew to Ohio and was diagnosed with Ebola says doctors no longer detect the virus in her body.