Skip to comments.Ebola outbreak: Victim who sparked fears of global epidemic was on way home to US
Posted on 07/29/2014 10:30:31 AM PDT by Freeport
An Ebola victim who was allowed to board an international flight was an American citizen on his way home to the United States, it has emerged.
Patrick Sawyer worked for the Liberian government and was visiting his sister there when he developed symptoms while on a plane to Nigeria. He was quarantined on arrival in Lagos and died on Friday.
His wife, Decontee, 34, who like Mr Sawyer is originally from Liberia, currently at the heart of the terrifying Ebola outbreak, said he had been due to travel on to America where he could have become Patient Zero in a US epidemic.
The 40-year-old father-of-three is believed to have contracted the disease from his sister, whom he was caring for without knowing she had Ebola.
Mr Sawyer took two flights to get to Nigeria from Liberia, where he had attended his sister's funeral. The first took him from Monrovia to Lome in Togo, where he boarded a plane to Lagos. He collapsed at the airport on landing.
The Nigerian authorities have closed the hospital he was treated at, First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the busiest parts of the city with a population of around 21 million.
Manifests of the passengers and crew who travelled on the same flights as Mr Sawyer have yet to be released
His job involved promoting trade in West Africa and he was on his way to a conference in Lagos from where he planned to travel back to the US when he fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea.
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no travel between the US and Liberia...PERIOD!!
Fellow passengers on his plane were given warnings about the diseases symptoms, which can include bleeding from the nose and mouth, but were allowed to continue on their journeys.
As Ebola has an incubation period of up to 21 days, there are fears that some may even now be spreading the disease still further.
So what’s your glib lib comment now, SFB?
Why permitted to travel with other passengers on an international flight?
Were the other passengers allowed to beg off and get some other flight?
How unfair and stupid.
Did anyone else on the same plane eventually travel to the USA?????
In 21 days this could be a $hit$torm
If each of them came into contact with just two people we are screwed.
59, 118, 236, 472, 944, 1888, 3776
He got sick during the flight.
Why are so-called American citizens working for foreign governments, let lone trying to import Ebola to the US?
21 days of wandering around town touching stuff, coughing, serving meals, etc. before even showing symptoms. That’s a lot of door knobs for each person. And then multiply it by 6 (people sitting next to the guy), or 150 (the entire plane load).
Cancelling my Tour De Liberia right now!!
Ping to the prep king!
That might explain why they did not isolate the passenger
It should be noted....this wasn’t identified until mid-70’s, and scientists tend to believe it crossed over from monkeys.
It should also be noted that ALL of the symptoms of Ebola...relate to the flu. The minute you show any of these common five items...it could be flu or it could be Ebola.
If you look over the destruction to the body....it goes straight into the liver. The ten percent of society that survive it? Nothing much is said over how they do it, and you have to wonder if they suffer serious liver damage as part of the end-result.
The UN...will handle....er take care..of this.....
I doubt the late Mr. Sawyer was deliberately attempting to import Ebola to the US.
As to why work for a foreign government? It pays pretty damned good, thank you very much. I’ve done work for a few; the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense , the Italian Ministry of Culture and others. It’s not a bad freelancing scheme, all things considered, and you get to travel - and you get paid for it too.
I’m not complaining.