Ebola Patient Almost Reached US

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 04:10 PM

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Patrick Sawyer, who died after contracting the Ebola virus, was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in time for an August 16 party celebrating the birthdays of two of his three young daughters, The Daily Beast reports. 

Health experts say that had Sawyer boarded that flight, there is a possibility the virus could have made its way to the U.S. He was a naturalized U.S. citizen who worked for the Finance Ministry of his native Liberia and returned home to his wife and children in Coon Rapids, Minn., whenever he could.

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He likely would have boarded that flight to Minneapolis had he remained at least outwardly healthy enough not to exhibit symptoms.
 
 “He could have brought Ebola here,” his wife, Decontee Sawyer, told The Daily Beast.
 
Nigeria officials are on high alert after discovering a 40-year-old man collapsed and died from the dread Ebola virus after flying there from Liberia.
 
Patrick had been tending to a sick sister in Liberia and had not learned the nature of her illness until after she died.
 
“He knew she was sick and he kept caring for her, but he didn’t know it was Ebola,” Decontee said. “It could have been malaria.”
 
Patrick fell ill on July 20 during the 6-hour, 40-minute journey via two flights from Monrovia to Lomé in Togo and on to Lagos, where he was to attend an economic conference. He collapsed at the Lagos airport and was placed in isolation at First Consultants Hospital in Obalende. After Patrick’s death on July 25, the hospital was evacuated and quarantined for a week to allow decontamination.
 
“We all have to work together to stop Ebola from continuing to kill people,” Decontee said. “And to keep it from coming across the ocean.”
 
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