Rev. Jesse Jackson visits Dallas to support Ebola patient

Rev. Jesse Jackson visits Dallas to support Ebola patient

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tuesday paid a visit to Dallas to show his support for Ebola-stricken Thomas Eric Duncan and his family.

Rev. Jackson said Duncan's family had asked for his help, and he was in the city to make sure that Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the United States, was receiving the best medical care possible.

He stressed that the patient should be provided the best possible care. The medical teams are working effortlessly to better the plight of Duncan, who was earlier not admitted at the medical facility.

Speaking on the topic, he added, "Thomas deserves the love and the best medical treatment America can afford as has happened for all the other Americans who have contracted this terrible disease. He must be treated as a patient with all the human rights deserved, not as a criminal."

Duncan contracted the virus from an Ebola-stricken woman in Liberia. He moved from the West African country to Dallas around a week before he got sick. The 42-year-old Liberian man is now struggling for life in a hospital in the city. Doctors said he was recently put on a ventilator and kidney dialysis.

Ebola follows various cold-like symptoms, including fever, soar throat, abdominal pain, headache, stiffness and weakness. The maximum incubation period for the virus to show off is roughly 21 days, but the symptoms typically start showing off with in a week. The disease has already killed around 3,500 people, mostly in West African countries like Liberia.