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Media reports indicate the Liberian official who died in Lagos, Nigeria was a naturalized US citizen with family in Minnesota.

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Ebola not a distant threat for Liberians in U.S., outbreak sparks fear in Minnesota
An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa may seem like a distant threat to many Americans, but it is stirring fear in Minnesota, home to thousands of Liberian immigrants.

Amy Forliti The Associated Press, Published on Tue Jul 29 2014

MINNEAPOLIS—An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa may seem like a distant threat to many Americans, but it is stirring fear in Minnesota, home to thousands of Liberian immigrants.
The potentially Ebola-related death last week of a Liberian government official whose wife and children live in Minnesota has heightened concerns and inspired a fundraising drive to send medical supplies to Liberia. State health officials have been meeting with community members to talk about recognizing the disease and how to travel safely, as Minnesota is home to about 17 per cent of the United States’ Liberian population.
More than 670 people have died during the recent outbreak in West Africa. But no cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it poses little risk to the general U.S. population.
“It is killing people like crazy,” said Prudence McCabe, a Minnesota resident of Liberian heritage. “Everyone is trying to call family members ... we are trying to send money right away. ... All we can do is pray and be helpful.”

Nigerian health officials reported Friday that Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer died from the disease after travelling from Liberia to Nigeria. The World Health Organization has not yet confirmed the cause. Sawyer was a former Minnesota resident and naturalized American whose wife and children still live in suburban Minneapolis.
His wife, Decontee Sawyer, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he had planned to come home for two of his three daughters’ birthdays next month.
The Centers for Disease Control has said the risk of Ebola spreading to the United States is remote. The isolation and infection control measures that are standard in this country would likely snuff out such a possibility, it said.
However, the CDC sent an alert to U.S. doctors on Monday, updating them on the West Africa outbreak, reminding them to ask patients with Ebola-like symptoms about recent travel, and to isolate and test patients they think might be infected.
The Minnesota Department of Health said officials are providing information to health providers, West African community members and local West African media.
Sakui Malakpa, a professor at the University of Toledo who was in Minnesota over the weekend, said he has a ticket to travel to Liberia on Aug. 12, but is considering postponing his trip.
“The last thing we want is for people here to be worried about us going there,” he said.
Zubah Kpanaku, chairman of the board for the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota, said his wife is in Liberia, helping build a house for her family. He said she is a registered nurse, so she knows how to protect herself, but she still may try to come back to Minnesota sooner than planned.
Patrick Sawyer didn’t make it back to the U.S., where his wife of six years lives.
Sawyer, who held a master’s in public health administration, returned to Liberia soon after they married in 2008 and worked on economic development for the Finance Ministry, his wife said.
“He said Liberia needs him. He was all about social justice and change and a better democracy,” she said. “Having lived in the U.S. for many years, he wanted that for Liberia too.”

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Nigerian health officials reported Friday that Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer died from the disease after travelling from Liberia to Nigeria. The World Health Organization has not yet confirmed the cause. Sawyer was a former Minnesota resident and naturalized American whose wife and children still live in suburban Minneapolis.

His wife, Decontee Sawyer, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he had planned to come home for two of his three daughters’ birthdays next month.

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Above comments clarify citizenship and location of family.

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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Department of Health is working with leaders in the local Liberian community to address concerns about an Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

This comes after a former Coon Rapids man collapsed from the virus in an airport in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria. His following death marked the first recorded case in Nigeria, the continent's most populated country.

Patrick Sawyer, 40, was a top government official in the Liberian Ministry of Finance, and moved to Liberia to serve the country he loved, according to his wife Decontee Sawyer, who still lives in Coon Rapids with the couple's three young daughters, ages 5,4, and 1.

"Everyone knows Patrick, it's hit everyone's front door and they feel like they have lost a best friend and a brother and they are awake now," said Decontee Sawyer.

The outbreak is the largest and deadliest on record, with more than 670 deaths and more than 1,200 infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fatality rates for Ebola have been as high as 90 percent in past outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization.

Liberian officials closed the country's borders, and in Minnesota, health officials are meeting with members of the West African community Monday. Health experts at the CDC have been working with African nations since the Ebola outbreak began in March. Officials are on extra alert after Sawyer's case, realizing he was able to board a plane with the virus.

"Now that is happened to someone who is well known, highly educated and a very influential top government official," said Decontee Sawyer. "Patrick was so involved with everyone in the Liberian community."

Sawyer said she believes her husband contracted the virus from his sister. She said she is starting a Minnesota organization called Concerned Liberians Against Ebola which will benefit the Global Health Ministries and Samaritan Purse organizations.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Ebola can be just a plane ride away and is aware of the potential for Minnesotans to travel to and from West Africa. Since the outbreak began, officials have alerted Minnesota health care providers to be on the lookout for anyone with symptoms of the virus. The health department says it's providing resources and information to community members and is working on creating materials for local West African media about Ebola and travel precautions.

Travelers are considered to be at a low risk, but must practice careful hygiene and avoid contact with bodily fluids of sick people. The virus starts off with flu-like symptoms and often ends with horrific hemorrhaging. There is no treatment or vaccine.

Decontee Sawyer said her husband was scheduled to come back to Minnesota in mid-August for his daughters' birthday party.

"He was larger than life," she recalled, realizing even someone who seemed invincible could succumb to the virus.

Now, a memorial service will be planned for Sawyer on Sept. 14 at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park at 1:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at Coon Rapids Community Center at 3 p.m.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:34 pm 
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One year ago, Patrick Sawyer was home in suburban Minneapolis celebrating his native Liberia’s Independence Day with his family and friends. The barrel-chested Sawyer had a larger-than-life presence, entering rooms by shaking everyone’s hands and waving his arms to emphasize a point.

“He was a little over the top, but for all the right reasons,” recalled friend Abdullah Kiatamba, who met Sawyer in 2008 and worked with him to organize last year’s Independence Day festivities in Minneapolis.

Sawyer, the first American victim to succumb to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, was a passionate man whose unexpected death Friday has shaken the local Liberian community. The 40-year-old had been living in Liberia since 2008, working as a consultant for the government’s Ministry of Finance while his wife raised their young children in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

On July 20, Sawyer collapsed after getting off an Arik Air flight from Liberia to Lagos, Nigeria, where he was attending a conference. He was planning a visit to Coon Rapids next month to see his wife and his three daughters: Bella, 1, Mia, 4, and Eva 5.

“He was working in Liberia, but he considered Minnesota home,” Kiatamba told NBC News. “His closet friends were here. His family was here.”

Sawyer’s wife, Decontee, said her husband, a naturalized American citizen, was a social butterfly who had a yearning to make a difference in his native Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world.

“[His death has] hit everyone’s front door and they feel like they have lost a best friend and a brother, and they are awake now,” she told NBC affiliate KARE.

Sawyer was reportedly vomiting and suffered from diarrhea — symptoms of the virus — during his trip to Nigeria, which included stopovers in Ghana and Toga. He was quarantined in a Nigerian hospital until his death Friday.

Liberia has closed its borders to try and contain the outbreak of the highly infectious disease that has also put neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone on high alert. Nigerian authorities are trying to monitor the 59 people, including airline workers, who had come into contact with Sawyer during his flight.

Decontee Sawyer said she believes her husband contracted the virus from his sister. Friends told NBC News he had taken his sister to the hospital about two weeks before he had fallen ill. She later died from Ebola.

Health officials in Africa are being even more cautious about stemming the virus, given that Sawyer was able to board a plane and could have potentially introduced the disease to the largest city in Africa.

Two other Americans in Liberia have been diagnosed with Ebola, which has killed more than 660 people since February and has a 70 percent fatality rate. The condition of one of them, Dr. Kent Brantley, was “very serious” and worsening, colleagues told NBC News on Tuesday.


Meanwhile, a memorial service for Sawyer is planned for Sept. 14 in Coon Rapids. Family and friends said Decontee Sawyer is “devastated” by the loss of her husband, whom she married in December 2008.

Her husband’s body was cremated, friends said, as a precaution to spreading the disease.

After the body is ravaged by Ebola, “there’s no opportunity to send home your husband,” Kiatamba said. “To lose a loved one like that, and now, you can’t even bury him — that’s heartbreaking for anyone.”

Stephanie Gosk of NBC News contributed to this report.

First published July 29th 2014, 11:32 am

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Ebola fears hit close to home
By Jacque Wilson, CNN

July 30, 2014 -- Updated 1152 GMT (1952 HKT)


(CNN) -- Patrick Sawyer had one stop to make before heading home to Minnesota to celebrate his daughters' birthdays: a conference in Lagos, Nigeria.

But when he landed in Lagos, Sawyer, 40, collapsed getting off the plane. He had been infected with Ebola in Liberia, where he worked as a top government official in the Liberian Ministry of Finance.

Sawyer was isolated at a local Nigerian hospital on July 20. He died five days later.

Sawyer's wife Decontee Sawyer, lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, with the couple's three young daughters, 5-year-old Eva, 4-year-old Mia, and Bella, who is 1. The Sawyers are naturalized citizens; their daughters were born in the United States.

"He was so proud when he became a U.S. citizen," Decontee told CNN. "He voted for first time in the last U.S. presidential election. He lived in the U.S. for many years, and wanted that for Liberia -- a better democracy."

Sawyer is the first American to die in what health officials are calling the "deadliest Ebola outbreak in history." His death has sparked concerns that the virus could potentially spread to the United States.

"People weren't really taking it [Ebola] seriously until it hit Patrick," Decontee said. "People are ready to take action."

Let's take a step back and look at what we know about the Ebola outbreak:

Where is it happening?

Up until this past week, the Ebola outbreak had been contained to three West African countries: Guinea, where it began, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Sawyer is the first known case outside of these three countries.

As of July 23, the World Health Organization had confirmed more than 800 Ebola cases in the region, but suspects there have been many unreported infections and there may be more like 1,200 cases. Sierra Leone has been hardest hit with approximately 525 cases.

How many people have died?

The World Health Organization says as of July 23, there have been 456 confirmed Ebola deaths, and another 216 suspected deaths, bringing the number possibly to more than 670.

The country of Guinea has the most suspected deaths. The epidemic has been in that country longer. It is believed the epidemic began in the nation's capital of Conakry.

While international leaders have mobilized to fight the epidemic, it can be a difficult one to stop. It is so highly infectious that it typically kills 90% of those who catch it. The death rate in this particular outbreak had dropped to roughly 60% since it has been treated early in many instances. There is, however, no Ebola vaccination.

Have other Americans been infected?

Last week, two American aid workers in Liberia's capital city, Monrovia, were confirmed to have the disease. Doctors and medical staff are particularly vulnerable to the virus because it spreads through exposure to bodily fluids from the infected. It can also spread through contact with an object contaminated by an infected person's bodily fluids.

Dr. Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, resident, had been treating Ebola patients in Monrovia when he started to feel sick.

Brantly works with Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief agency. He has been the medical director for the Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia and has been working to help Ebola patients since October. After testing positive for Ebola, Brantly went into treatment at ELWA Hospital.

Samaritan's Purse has been working to evacuate him for better care, said Ken Isaacs, vice president of the agency. Unfortunately, emergency medical evacuation flights in the area are not equipped to handle the "intense isolation" required for an Ebola patient.

Brantly's family had been with him in Liberia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but left for the United States before he became symptomatic; as such it is highly unlikely that they caught the virus from him. Out of an abundance of caution they are on a 21-day fever watch, the CDC said.

"We have a strong family unit within a stronger faith community that has given us incredible support," the Brantly family said in a statement. "Kent remains very physically weak, but his spirit has been determined throughout this ordeal."

Nancy Writebol from Charlotte, North Carolina, has also been infected. She is employed by Serving in Mission, or SIM, and had teamed up with the staff from Samaritan's Purse to help fight the Ebola outbreak in Monrovia when she got sick. She, too, is undergoing treatment.

It is believed one of the local staff was infected with Ebola and came to work with the virus on Monday and Tuesday, Isaacs told CNN.

"We think it was in the scrub-down area where the disease was passed to both Nancy and Kent," he said. That staff member died on Thursday.

Both Brantly and Writebol are stable, according to a statement released Tuesday by SIM, though both patients are still exhibiting symptoms of the virus.

"Due to the upsurge in cases of Ebola in the region, SIM and Samaritan's Purse have taken the precautionary step of mandating the evacuation of all nonessential personnel from Liberia," the statement said. "Timing, means, and place of evacuation are being decided now."

Could Ebola spread to the U.S.?

The CDC held a media briefing Monday to emphasize that there is "no significant risk" of an Ebola outbreak in the United States.

There has never been a confirmed case of Ebola spreading to a developed country, said Kamiliny Kalahne, an epidemiologist with Doctors Without Borders.

"This is because people generally transmit the infection when they are very sick, have a high fever and a lot of symptoms -- and in these situations, they don't travel.

"And even if they do get sick once they travel to a developed country, they will be in a good hospital with good infection control, so they are very unlikely to infect others," she said.

The U.S. health care system is also better suited to handle an Ebola case than many in West Africa, said Dr. Marty Cetron, director of CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. Health officials would likely recognize such a case and be able to trace all points of contact with the patient to prevent further transmission, he said.

"Epidemics of disease are often followed by epidemics of fear and epidemics of stigma," Cetron said. "All of these things occur in a social context that can make containment very challenging."

That said, Sawyer did end up on an airplane at an international airport: What's to say others might not do the same, and actually make it to the United States?

Count CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta among those who believe "it's going to happen at some point."

One big reason is that it takes 2 to 21 days between the time a person is infected and when he or she shows symptoms -- including vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function, and sometimes internal and external bleeding. Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear, though that doesn't mean a person cannot travel in the incubation period.

"Just observing the whole process, it's almost impossible to prevent from happening," Gupta said. "But I think ... it can be then stemmed, so it doesn't turn into all these mini-secondary outbreaks."

What should I do?

Avoiding these West African countries is the easiest way to prevent the outbreak from spreading, Cetron said. If you have traveled recently to the region and develop a fever, or other symptoms consistent with Ebola, notify your doctor right away.

If you're a humanitarian worker in the region, you need to be familiar with proper infection control precautions and avoid contact with blood or any other bodily fluids, he said. You should also report any needle sticks or possible exposures early to receive testing and, if necessary, start treatment as soon as possible.

The Sawyer family is working with their church community to start "Concerned Liberians against Ebola," Decontee said. Their goal is to raise $500,000 to help two international organizations: Samaritan's Purse and Global Health Ministry.

How can those with the disease be helped?

While experimental vaccines exist, there are no licensed ones that get widespread use, according to the World Health Organization.

The disease can be devastating and, ultimately, deadly in a few ways. One is because it "disarms your immune system, (so it) cannot fight the virus," Gupta notes. Another is that it causes people to lose fluids, because of vomiting and diarrhea in addition to bleeding, as Ebola inhibits one's ability to clot, adds Gupta.

The most important thing a person needs to do to survive is to get treated as early and effectively as possible.

But that's not always easy in some parts of Africa, says Monia Sayah, a nurse with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.

"We go into communities where we are not necessarily welcome, because they understand now that the survival rate is not very high," Sayah told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Sayah acknowledges that, in addition to immediate family members, health care workers are among those at highest risk of being infected. One need look no farther than Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, a doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone before dying this week from complications of the disease.

Health care workers don gowns, gloves and masks, among other measures, to guard against the disease.

"Every inch of the body has to be covered," Sayah said. "It's essential."

Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies

CNN's John Newsome, Jen Christensen and Greg Botelho contributed to this story.
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Lagos, Nigeria - Barely 24 hours before his death, Patrick Sawyer had a rather strange - and in the words of medical and diplomatic sources here, “Indiscipline” encounter with nurses and health workers at First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of Lagos, a population of some 21 million inhabitants, FrontPageAfrica has learned.





Looking to get to the bottom of Sawyer’s strange ailment on the Asky Airline flight, which Sawyer transferred on in Togo, hospital officials say, he was tested for both malaria and HIV AIDS. However, when both tests came back negative, he was then asked whether he had made contact with any person with the Ebola Virus, to which Sawyer denied. Sawyer’s sister, Princess had died of the deadly virus on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. On Friday, July 25, 2014, 18 days later, Sawyer died in Lagos.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the average incubation period for suspected cases or someone who has made contact with an Ebola patient is eight to ten days from exposure to onset of symptoms. The range is from two to 21 days. “That's why we recommend that contacts of an infected person go on a fever watch for 21 days,” says Stephan Monroe, deputy director of CDC's National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, at a briefing Monday.

‘Against Medical Advice’

Since the first report surfaced in March, there have been more than 1,201 cases reported and unfortunately 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the CDC says. “This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa. It’s a rapidly changing situation and we expect there will be more cases in these countries in the coming weeks and months. The response to this outbreak will be more of a marathon than a sprint.”

Back in Lagos, authorities at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende decided that despite Sawyer’s denial, they would test him for Ebola, due to the fact that he had just arrived from Liberia, where there has been an outbreak of the disease with more than 100 deaths.

The hospital issued a statement this week stating that Sawyer was quarantined immediately after he was discovered to have been infected with the deadly virus. In addition, a barrier nursing was implemented around Sawyer and the Lagos State Ministry of Health was immediately notified. Hospital authorities also requested the Federal Ministry of Health for additional laboratory test based on its suspicion of Ebola.

FrontPageAfrica has now learned that upon being told he had Ebola, Mr. Sawyer went into a rage, denying and objecting to the opinion of the medical experts. “He was so adamant and difficult that he took the tubes from his body and took off his pants and urinated on the health workers, forcing them to flee.

The hospital would later report that it resisted immense pressure to let out Sawyer from its hospital against the insistence from some higher-ups and conference organizers that he had a key role to play at the ECOWAS convention in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. In fact, FrontPageAfrica has been informed that officials in Monrovia were in negotiations with ECOWAS to have Sawyer flown back to Liberia.

A text message in possession of FrontPageAfrica from the ECOWAS Ambassador in Liberia, responding to a senior GoL official reads: Your Excellency, the disease control department of the Federal Ministry of Health just contacted me through the hospital now, insisting that Mr. Sawyer be evacuated for now. Pls advise urgently.”

LUTH Lab positive on Ebola

First Consultants said that it then went further to reach senior officials in the Office of the Secretary of Health of the USA who assisted it with contacts at the Centre for Disease Control and W.H.O Regional Laboratory Centre in Senegal. According to the hospital, the initial results from LUTH laboratory showed a signal of possible Ebola virus, but required confirmation.

The First Consultants statement noted that it was able to obtain confirmation of Ebola virus disease, (Zaire strain) after working with the state, federal and international agencies. Sawyer was pronounced dead at 6:50 AM Nigeria time, on July 25 and all agencies were properly notified.

Once the case was officially confirmed, the hospital was temporarily shut down and in-house patients immediately evacuated. Sawyer’s body was subsequently cremated under W.H.O guidelines and witnessed by all appropriate agencies, according to the hospital statement. “In keeping with W.H.O guidelines, the hospital is shut down briefly as full decontamination exercise is currently in progress. The re-opening of the hospital will also be in accordance with its guidelines”, the hospital said.

In the aftermath of Sawyer’s death, both federal and state authorities in Lagos have instituted measures to curb the spread of the disease and quarantining all those who came in contact with Sawyer.

In total, Sawyer reportedly came in direct contact with 59 persons, 44 of whom were at the hospital he was taken to when he fell ill, according to the Lagos State government. The Lagos state government clarified in a statement Monday that Ms. Obi-Nnadozie, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Liberia was not among the 15 people at the airport who had had direct contact with Mr. Sawyer before his death as was initially believed.





Ashes Returned to Liberia

However, it has been reported that Sawyer came in contact with three ECOWAS officials – a driver, a liaison officer and a protocol officer. Also in the list are two nursing staff and five airport handlers.

Dr. Jide Idris, the Lagos State Health Commissioner, told a news conference this week that 20 per cent of those that came in contact with the deceased had been physically screened. “The private hospital (First Consultants Medical Centre) was demobilized and primary source of infection eliminated. The patient has been cremated and the ash will be transferred to the Liberian government whenever the need arises. Decontamination process in all affected areas has commenced,” Dr. Idris said.

In the aftermath of Sawyer’s death, diplomatic, ECOWAS and medical authorities here are baffled over Sawyer’s deception, especially armed with new information that his sister, Princess had died of the deadly virus and his denial. Finance Ministry sources in Monrovia are in quiet murmur over what they feel was a letdown by Sawyer for not being forthcoming with his peers he worked with.

The ministry has since been temporarily shut down and those who came in contact with Sawyer are on a 21-day forced incubation monitoring process. "All senior officials coming in direct or indirect contact with Mr. Sawyer has been placed on the prescribed 21 days of observatory surveillance," the ministry said in a statement this week.

FrontPageAfrica has now learnt that Sawyer exhibited similar indiscipline behavior during his sister’s stay at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia where she was taken because he noticed she was bleeding profusely and was later found to be a victim of Ebola.

‘Indiscipline’ Sawyer, EJS Says

Sawyer was seen with blood on his clothing after his sister’s death and had earlier demanded that she be placed in a private room. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf cited indiscipline and disrespect as a key reason why Sawyer contracted the Ebola virus. She said his failure to heed medical advice put the lives of other residents across the nation’s border at risk.

A disease which now claimed more than a hundred Liberians has now forced the Sirleaf-lead government to shut down the borders, schools and a host of other measures to ensure that the disease does not get out of hand, including a US$5 million initial contribution to begin the immediate implementation of this plan. “Our immediate strategy is to contain the spread, care for the afflicted with the goal of “No New Cases”,” Sirleaf told the nation in an address Wednesday. FrontPageAfrica has learned that the Ministry of Health is requesting US$20 million to combat the disease.

In addition, the President has mandated that all non-essential staff, to be determined by the Minister or Head of Agency, are to be placed on a 30-day compulsory leave and Friday, August 1, is declared a non-working day and is to be used for the disinfection and chlorination of all public facilities.

“All borders that are to remain opened are to be directly supervised and controlled by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization whose duties it shall be, working with the assigned health authorities, to ensure strict adherence to announce preventive measures including preliminary testing for fever. Without exceptions, all schools are ordered closed pending further directive from the Ministry of Education. All markets at border areas including Foya, Bo Waterside, and Ganta are hereby ordered closed until further notice.

But despite the measures put in place by Liberia, the effect of Sawyer’s ‘indiscipline has already taken a toll. ASKY, the Pan-African airline ASKY on which Sawyer flew, has suspended all flights to and from Monrovia and Sierra Leone as has other regional carriers, Arik Air and Gambia Bird dealing a huge blow to commercial aviation.

Linger Questions Over Behavior

Back in Monrovia, Samaritan Purse, the U.S. missionary group helping to treat Ebola patients is scaling down, announcing Wednesday, plans to evacuate nonessential personnel given the five-month-old outbreak is worsening as the fate of two Americans infected with the Ebola hang in the balance on hope and prayers.

For Sawyer, questions are lingering over his behavior, both at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia and the First Consultants in Lagos and what led him to behave the way he did. More importantly diplomatic observers here are puzzled over his demise: The timing and behavior. A few persons who spoke to Sawyer, including FrontPageAfrica reported that he sounded fine hours before his death. It is unclear what pushed him to the wall and why?

As for the other eight members of the delegation that flew to Lagos, along with Sawyer, diplomatic sources in Lagos confirmed to FrontPageAfrica Wednesday that they were all checked and told to report to the Ministry of Health in Monrovia upon their arrival. It is unclear how close they were to Sawyer or whether authorities in Monrovia have begun monitoring them as the clock ticks on the recommended 21-day incubation period.

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