(DALLAS) — Thomas Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., was downgraded to critical condition Saturday, the Texas hospital treating him said in a statement.
He has been described as unconscious, breathing with a respirator and suffering kidney failure.
Duncan, who was visiting family in Dallas after arriving from Liberia, was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sept. 28, three days after he initially went to the hospital complaining of flu-like symptoms. He remains in an isolation ward.
In other developments, Louise Troh, the woman who traveled back from Liberia with Duncan and is referred to as his wife by relatives, told ABC News she is frustrated with the lack of information on Duncan’s condition.
“They are telling me nothing,” she said. “They are treating me like a dog. I have no idea how he is doing.” Hospitals officials have not responded to Troh’s allegations.
Troh and her family were removed from their apartment to an undisclosed location last Friday, where they will remain for the duration of their quarantine that will last a total of 21 days. Meanwhile, clean-up crews returned to the apartment Saturday to continue sanitizing.
Including Troh and her family, health officials are monitoring about 50 people who may have had contact with Duncan during his visit, including nine believed to be at “high risk” for exposure.
At least one person is being monitored after traveling in the ambulance used to transport Duncan to the hospital last week, according to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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