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Jesse Jackson Meets With Ebola Patient's Family

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Oct 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-07 15:24:00-04

DALLAS (AP) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson says a prayer vigil will be held at the Dallas hospital where the first man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. is being treated for the deadly disease.

Jackson spoke in Dallas on Tuesday alongside the mother, son and other relatives of Thomas Eric Duncan.

Duncan has been in critical but stable condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Jackson says he'll join the family when they meet with doctors later Tuesday in hopes of seeing Duncan, who has been in isolation since his diagnosis last week.

The civil rights leader also called on the public to show compassion to Duncan and his family, not to ostracize them. He says a prayer vigil will be held Tuesday evening at the hospital.

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10/7/2014 2:11:54 PM (GMT -4:00)