The Texas patient infected with the Ebola virus vomited outside his apartment as he was transported to the hospital, according to a Reuters report.
"His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said.
The patient, identified as Thomas Eric Duncan by multiple media outlets, is a 42-year-old Liberian national, CNN reported. He's the first to recently develop symptoms of the deadly virus outside Africa.
Duncan came into contact with a pregnant woman sick with Ebola just four days before he flew into Dallas, the woman's parents and Duncan's neighbors told the New York Times.
The 42-year-old traveled to a hospital in a taxi with the unidentified woman, according to the individuals who spoke with the Times. After she was turned away because of a lack of space, Duncan traveled with the woman back to a family apartment and helped carry her inside.
“He was holding her by the legs, the pa was holding her arms and Sonny Boy was holding her back,” Arren Seyou, 31, who witnessed the scene, told the Times.
The woman reportedly died later that night.
Just days later, on September 19, Duncan flew to the U.S. and was "staying with family members who live in the country," according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Thomas Frieden.
A Liberian community leader, Stanley Gaye, told CNN that he was visiting his girlfriend.
A general view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas where a patient has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus on September 30, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The patient who had recently traveled to Dallas from Liberia marks the first case of this strain of Ebola that has been diagnosed outside of West Africa. (Mike Stone/Getty Images)
When he fell ill, Duncan visited the emergency room and told medical professionals he had recently been in West Africa, but was allowed to go home.
After being released with antibiotics, he returned three days later and was admitted Sunday. Only then was it suspected Duncan was infected with the Ebola virus.
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