<h6> Alisa Vidwans ’15 </h6>
On September 20th, Eric Duncan stepped off a plane from Liberia and fell back into his normal routine in the United States, which included going to work and spending time with his fiancee. Five days after his return, however, Duncan was experiencing abdominal pain and a low-grade fever. The doctor present at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital dismissed him as he displayed “flu-like symptoms,” despite the knowledge that Duncan had just returned from a trip to Liberia. On September 28th, Duncan was rushed to the hospital and put under strict quarantine as doctors feared he may have contracted Ebola. The CDC confirmed their suspicion on the 30th. Back in mid-September, no one would have guessed that the disease spreading rampantly through Africa would ever reach America. But now, eight cases of Ebola have been reported in America.