Patients avoiding Dallas hospital where Ebola hit; officials say 25 percent decline in revenue

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The hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected with the virus says its revenue and patient roles have plummeted.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in financial statements Wednesday that its revenue fell 25 percent in the first 20 days of October, shortly after Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted with Ebola.

The hospital says emergency room visits have fallen more than 50 percent, and its daily patient census fell 20 percent.

Presbyterian Hospital has been criticized for its initial care of Duncan, who was released after coming to the emergency room Sept. 25 with a fever and other Ebola symptoms. He returned three days later by ambulance and was diagnosed with the disease.

Its two infected nurses were transferred to other hospitals for treatment.