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First Ebola Patient In U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, Has Died

Duncan 2This morning, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed person diagnosed with Ebola in America, died.

Duncan had reportedly contracted the virus in Liberia weeks ago after helping a pregnant woman stricken with Ebola. He then traveled to the U.S. to be with his fiancee. Once in the U.S., he started showing symptoms. At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Duncan was sent home despite having high fever and telling doctors he was recently in Liberia. Only after his family contacted the Center for Disease Control was he hospitalized.

CBS News cut in at 11:24amET with Jim Axelrod anchoring in New York and Dr. Jon LaPook contributing. NBC News cut in at 11:34amET with Erica Hill anchoring in New York, Ron Mott reporting from Dallas and Pete Williams from Washington, DC. ABC News did not provide broadcast special report.

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:15amET. Fox News’ Shannon Bream first reported the news at 11:16amET. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen reported the news at 11:19amET.

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WATCH: Dr. Jon LaPook Scrambles to Make His ‘CBS This Morning’ Live Shot

One of the most challenging parts of being an anchor is when you occasionally have to fill just a few more seconds of time, whether it is to get the program to a commercial or, in the case of “CBS This Morning” today… to a guest.

Look behind Charlie Rose in the video below, see CBS News medical contributor Dr. Jon LaPook scramble from the green room, realizing that he was supposed to be on-set. Listen to Rose start to speak verrrrry slooowwwlly, then watch as Norah O’Donnell steps in to fill the remaining few seconds before LaPook took his seat next to them.

Well played, Rose and O’Donnell, well played.

The Lunchtime Ticker: Agus, COPS, Kurtz

  • CBS News is beefing up its medical unit with the addition of Dr. David Agus as a contributor. Agus joins Dr. Jon LaPook and Dr. Holly Phillips, and he will report on a wide range of medical issues for the CBS news broadcasts. More info below.

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CBS’ Katie Couric Explores Mental Illness in Response to the Tucson, Ariz. Tragedy

In a special report on the “CBS Evening News” tonight, Katie Couric — joined by CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook — explores the stigma, lack of insight, and denial associated with mental illness in response to Jared Loughner‘s alleged violent actions in Tucson, Ariz. this past weekend.

Couric tells TVNewser, “While we don’t know the full extent of his mental health history, or what motivated Jared Loughner to allegedly commit these crimes, this has put a spotlight once again on mental health issues in our country.” Couric says health care in this country is partly to blame. “The U.S. health system still fails to help at least half of people with serious mental illness. Ironically a system was in place in Arizona, but very few people were aware of it,” Couric tells us.

The report is part of Evening News’ ongoing “In Focus” series.

TV News Journalists Returning to Haiti Following Cholera Outbreak

Over the weekend, word spread that an outbreak of cholera has sprung up on Haiti, the island nation that was devastated by an earthquake nine months ago.

While the pictures may not be as dramatic as the ones viewers saw during the earthquake, the disease has the potential to kill or seriously affect thousands of people.

The TV news organizations have dispatched a number of correspondents and producers to the area to cover the outbreak.

CNN will have chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in Haiti  joined by his senior producer Danielle Dellorto.

CBS News has its medical correspondent, Dr. Jon LaPook on the island, where he will give his first report on the “CBS Evening News” tonight.

ABC News medical editor Dr. Richard Besser is in the country covering the outbreak, and filed a report for”Good morning America” this morning. Video of that report, after the jump.

NBC News’ chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman was in St. Marc, which Snyderman calls “the epicenter of the cholera epidemic.”

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Bob Schieffer Discusses His Experience Fighting Bladder Cancer

CBS News “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer was diagnosed with bladder cancer seven years ago. Last night, Schieffer discussed his experience fighting the disease on the “CBS Evening News.”

“It is about what we can do to defeat this disease,” Schieffer told CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. “That is what its about.”

On CNN last night, another regular figure on the enws channels discussed his cancer treatment. Author and journalist Christopher Hitchens talked about his diagnosis of esophageal cancer with Anderson Cooper:

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