An American Citizen is Largely to Blame for the Ebola Outbreak in Lagos

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Patrick Sawyer

An American Citizen named Patrick Sawyer (pictured above), who lives in Minnesota with his wife and children, was on his way back to the United States of America, for his 4 year old’s birthday party. He decided to take two connecting flights, knowing he was sick and had Ebola (since he had gone to care for his sister sick with Ebola), and get to Lagos, Nigeria.

Sawyer flew with an American passport. His wife stating he was ‘in denial,’ after witnessing his sister’s death. He was also advised by the Liberian Health Ministry not to travel out of the country but he ignored the instruction.

While 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.

He lied, even though his sister, Princess has just died on July 7th from Ebola.

On Friday, July 25, 2014, 18 days after his sister succumbed from the virus, Sawyer died in Lagos while in quarantine.

The doctor who treated him has contracted Ebola, as well as the nurse who has died, and 7 others have tested positive for Ebola. 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. 

All because of  one man’s bad judgement.

Now if a Citizen from an Ebola infested region, or a citizen from any other country with Ebola, shows up in the United States and gets intercepted at an airport, lies about his country of originating flight, or any contact with an Ebola ridden person, and infects some primary contacts, would it concern us here in America? Of course it would!

Sawyer was about to fly home to Minnesota to celebrate the birthdays of two of his daughters. He would have flown with an American Passport. America is super lucky that his symptoms kicked in and killed this man, but our luck is the despair of Nigeria.

Sawyer knew better than to fly. He was quite aware that his sister, who he treated, had died from Ebola, yet he traveled exposing who knows how many innocent people?

The US doesn’t ‘owe’ Africa or any country access to an untested serum, but if it is working isn’t that the right thing to do? And sure we might not be able to mass produce this serum right now, but when we can don’t you think we should?

Without Sawyer jumping on a plane and knowingly importing the virus to one of the most populated cities in the world, things would be a lot different. The virus would have probably still gotten out, and it still might have traveled to Lagos. It just wouldn’t have been so quickly.

Most Americans don’t care about this disease as long as it stays in Africa. The virus, however, isn’t staying in Africa. A Saudi man has died in a hospital after returning from West Africa. A priest and nun, who were helping out with the outbreak, have the virus and they are both back in their homeland of Spain getting treatment. A new case in Toronto, Canada, has popped up, and although no case here in the US do you not think it will happen? (Besides the two patients brought home that is)

Nigeria has declared a state of emergency. The death toll is rising, and rumors are spreading.

The knowledge on how this disease is said to be ‘understood’ by Americans so Ebola won’t spread here.

Patrick Sawyer showed otherwise.

 

 

 

 

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.
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