Jesse Jackson to meet family of Ebola patient in Dallas

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 07, 2014 11:33 AM

DALLAS (Reuters) - Prominent civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson plans on Tuesday to meet the family of the man infected with Ebola and fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital.

The first patient diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, Thomas Eric Duncan, has been in critical condition since Saturday and is receiving experimental medication.

"Upon request of family of Thomas Eric Duncan, going to Dallas to bring comfort and to seek best humanitarian relief America has to offer," Jackson said on his Twitter feed.

Texas state health officials said they are monitoring 10 people who had close contact with Duncan and 38 others who came into contact with that group to see if anyone had developed signs of infection. So far, no one has shown any symptoms, health officials said.

(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; Writing by Jon Herskovitz)