U.S. records first Ebola death

Thomas Eric Duncan arrived in Dallas last month on a plane from Liberia.

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas where patient Thomas Eric Duncan was being treated for the Ebola virus. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Texan hospital officials have confirmed that Thomas Eric Duncan has died from Ebola.

Duncan was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US and had been receiving treatment at a Texas hospital.

He arrived in Dallas last month on a plane from Liberia to visit his family.

Duncan contracted the virus in Liberia before flying to Texas.

Meanwhile, South Africa's ambassador to the US Ebrahim Rasool says travel to the country from the US has been affected by the Ebola outbreak.

The epidemic has killed more than 3,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Rasool says there is a perception in the US that South Africa has also been affected, even though the countries with reported deaths are all in West Africa.

South African tourism has registered a drop in the number of trips booked to South Africa for the Christmas season.

The ambassador says they are working to dispel myths that it is unsafe to travel to the country.

"We're trying to get organisations like the Centre for Disease Control to intervene and make media reports more balanced and give a scale of the geographies involved."