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10/09/2014 09:24 am ET Updated Oct 09, 2014

Rachel Maddow Has Some Very Tough Questions About Texas Ebola Patient's Death

Rachel Maddow began Wednesday night's show with some very pointed questions on whether or not the United States could have done more to help save Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

Duncan, the first person who was diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died on Wednesday in Dallas.

Maddow first wondered why other Ebola patients had received blood transfusions from Ebola survivors as part of their treatment, but Duncan did not. This raised some serious questions for Maddow, who wondered "how well we have performed" as a country to control this virus.

"Is it possible that he [Duncan] didn't get as high a standard of treatment as the other patients have gotten in this country?" she asked.

Maddow then turned her attention to the Texas hospital where Duncan was treated, which has been strongly criticized for initially failing to recognize Duncan's symptoms and sending him home.

"Could he have been saved had he been treated right from the beginning of his symptoms?" Maddow continued.

"We've now had exactly one patient diagnosed with Ebola for the first time in this country and he is the one patient treated for Ebola in this country who has died," she said. "How did we do on this test as a country? How badly did we screw this up?"

Watch the video for the full clip from "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC.

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