- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - Texas health officials say the remains of the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States will be cremated.

Liberia native Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday morning at a hospital in Dallas. The 42-year-old came to Texas in late September, but did not display obvious signs of having the virus when he entered the U.S.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a news release that Duncan will be cremated so his remains can be returned to the family.

When or where the cremation would occur was unclear.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the remains of Ebola victims remain contagious - but the cremation process will kill the virus.

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