Ebola Epidemic Update: US Citizen Dies In Nigeria, Virus Poses Threat To Britain, Liberia Declares State Of Emergency

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In a world rife with geopolitical calamities, it is easy to forget that west Africa is currently suffering the worst Ebola epidemic in history. Here are the latest updates:

  • State Department has confirmed that one U.S. citizen died from Ebola in Nigeria after being infected in Liberia. 
  • Victim who died in Lagos was bound for U.S., and was an American citizen 
  • U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the virus poses a threat to Britain, and will hold an emergency meeting.
  • Ebola center run by Americans closed after Liberia disturbances
  • Two Peace Corps volunteers under observation after coming into contact with individual who later died of Ebola
  • Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dead after contracting virus
  • Hong Kong woman tests negative for Ebola
  • Gabon measures to prevent Ebola outbreak: Police checks at borders, airports, land crossings
  • Latest death toll in West Africa is 672, as of July 27 release: WHO

More about the formerly anonymous person who died over the weekend in Nigeria after collapsing at the airport and turns out was a US citizen:

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. 


Fellow passengers on his plane were given warnings about the disease’s symptoms, which can include bleeding from the nose and mouth, but were allowed to continue on their journeys.

And a focus on Liberia, which has rapidly become the epicenter of the latest breakout, and which has escalated the Ebola response to a near national emergency level, deploying police to prevent Ebola clashes, quaranteening of communities, closing schools and giving non-essential government staff a 30 day leave, and announcing that people who raise prices on soap, chlorine, sanitizers, buckets will be prosecuted. More from Reuters:

Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.


On Wednesday, Liberian health officials said an isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, was overrun with cases and health workers were being forced to treat up to 20 new patients in their homes. Dozens of local health workers, including Sierra Leone and Liberia's leading two Ebola doctors, have died treating patients.


"This is a major public health emergency. It's fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, told Reuters. "We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get."


Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the action plan, which includes placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.


The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was temporarily withdrawing 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and that two of its volunteers had been isolated and were under observation after coming in contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus. The Peace Corp has 102 volunteers in Guinea, 108 in Liberia and 130 in Sierra Leone working in education, health and agriculture. 


The State Department has confirmed that one U.S. citizen died from Ebola in Nigeria after being infected in Liberia. Two other American aid workers infected with Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol, are in serious condition, but they have shown slight improvement. They were part of a team in Liberia from North Carolina-based Christian relief groups Samaritan's Purse and SIM.


Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in a speech posted on the presidency's website that the government was considering quarantining several communities based on the recommendation of the health ministry. http://www.emansion.gov.lr/


"When these measures are instituted, only healthcare workers will be permitted to move in and out of those areas. Food and other medical support will be provided to those communities and affected individuals," she said, adding that all markets in border areas are to be closed.


White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters that President Barack Obama had been briefed on Tuesday by his homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, and that the White House was monitoring the deadly outbreak.


"The CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has said this is not a risk to the United States at this time," Schultz told reporters traveling with the president back to Washington from Kansas City, Missouri. He said the U.S. government had increased assistance to countries battling Ebola.


Schultz said the White House would proceed with a planned U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington Aug. 4-6 that about 50 Africa leaders are expected to attend to discuss trade and investment between the United States and Africa.


Liberia's President Surleaf said she would not be attending the summit but that Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai and a few cabinet ministers "whose presence are absolutely necessary" would attend.


"We have no plans to change any elements of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as we believe all air travel continues to be safe," Schultz said.

Source: Bloomberg

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Peak Finance's picture

Glad I watched all them zombie movies. Now I know exactly what to do when hordes of infected come knocking. 

InjectTheVenom's picture

this news should be good for SP 2000 tomorrow, right ?

Peak Finance's picture

I don't know, but, millions of dead workers means fucking wages should finally rise at least. 

Four chan's picture

well all the ebola carriers are being allowed back into the us with zero i repeat zero tracking. fuck our government.


Ebola doctor dead pool playing catch up with bankster dead pool

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

this virus is really starting to party


Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

I'm no expert on this, but viruses do mutate. The sudden change in behavior might be a clue...

Hopefully there's enough good medical doctors and biologists (as opposed to quota hires and charlatans) left out there to get ahead of this...

dvfco's picture

Don't worry, no charlatans or witch doctors down there.  Everything's fine.  Just a bonfire.  Move along.

dvfco's picture

No, Ebolaville - I've been waiting for this day:

Nibbling on monkey brain cake, got a slight headache,
All the dead locals are covered in gasoline and oil,
protected for osmosis
, got infected by replication and endocytosis,
See those funeral pyres, and flaming bodies appearing to boil.

Wasting away again in Ebolaville,
the virus is making a full intestinal assault,
Some people claim the Reston monkeys are to blame,
But I know it's nobody's fault.

Don't know the reason that I stayed here all season,
My gums and eyes have taken on a blood red hue,
But it's a real beauty, a African cutie,
Now I know, should have worn a condom while at the zoo.


Wasting away again in Ebolaville,
the virus is making a full body assault,
Some people claim that bat shit is to blame,
Now I think, hell it could be my fault.

I could use a visit to a beauty shop, my body moving like a spinning top
Cut my heel, oh, can see straight through to bone,
Ebola is like being inside a blender,
And soon it will render,
Bowel movements and vomit – I can no longer hang on.

Wasting away again in Ebolaville,
Every second closer to a burial vault,
Some people claim Doctors Without Borders to Defame,
But I know, it's my own damn fault.

Yes, some people claim the C.I.A. is to blame,
We all know, it's my own damn fault.


(Sorry, too soon again, right?)

IridiumRebel's picture

I write songs and have done parodies. This one is brilliant.

dvfco's picture

They like me, they like me.  Oh, I have an audience!

Honestly, I was expecting +1 (me, of course) and -40.

We have a much sicker group than I even thought.

Manthong's picture

 Insensitive.. gruesome.... macabre..

I like it.

 Morticia: … It's Gomez I'm terribly worried about. He won't eat, he can't sleep, he keeps coughing up blood.

Margaret: He coughs up blood?

Morticia: Well, not like he used to...

-The Addams Family

Tall Tom's picture

...Now I know, should have worn a condom while at the zoo....




That is bad. Evil.

Ms. Erable's picture

...he would look like Reggie.

Keyser's picture

Anybody every see the movie '12 Monkeys'?  This shit will get out of hand exponentially... 


Chief KnocAHoma's picture

Obama stopped air traffic into Israel, but won't quarantine Africa? Does he love Jews more than Africans? Or is it the other way around? Maybe he doesn't want to hurt the economies of the Africans? Maybe he doesn't know his ass from a hole in Reggie's rear?

Christ will someone please put a grow up back in charge?

NoDecaf's picture

How long until this is Putin's fault? Shooting down an airliner didn't give the kickstart to WWIII fast enough, but maybe releasing a weaponized ebola would do the trick. Am I the only one who sees something more sinister in the CDC's nonchalance than simply keeping the herd from stampeding? I wouldn't be surprised one bit if after this bug makes landfall on US soil and the hospitals get swamped that they will suddenly "discover" that it's actually a bioweapon.


PS- even though this outbreak precedes MH17 it did start right around the time that the coup in Kiev started to slip away from the west.

Georgiabelle's picture

Anybody else here read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston? Scariest book I ever read. 

dvfco's picture

Oh, oh, which one would he look like?  

Would that be before or after photo?


Urban Redneck's picture

The Ebola medical staff dead pool has overtaken the bankster dead pool.

I had counted over 60 at the weekend but the total just for Liberia was at 52 yesterday, and there unidentified dead bodies in Liberia that aren't being collected (and rapidly decomposing/liquefying), and now fears that those who are sick and can't find medical treatment in Liberia are headed east in search of medical care, so keeping an accurate count impossible.

quasimodo's picture

It dovetails perfectly with all the "unaccompanied immigrant kiddies" that are flooding the borders. Next thing you know it will show up in 50 of those kids, who will be settled in 50 different towns.

Taint Boil's picture



+1 for dovetails – perfect word that I will use one day and take credit for ....ha


Taint Boil's picture



How conveeeeeenient – everything going as planned I see ….

OldPhart's picture

Happening as we post.

"Health officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of American victim"



Can you say 'Pandemic'?

Seek_Truth's picture

Yeah saw that. Imagine just 3 of those 30,000 have Ebola, and they hang out/ meet just 3 people each day that they each infect, and so on and so forth.

Exponentially increasing infection rate.

Of course, I'm willing to bet out of the 30,000 there are a lot more than 3 who are infected.

Pandemic indeed.

Suisse's picture

Well, there's no problem. If you have a gun, shoot 'em in the head. That's a sure way to kill 'em. If you don't, get yourself a club or a torch. Beat 'em or burn 'em. They go up pretty easy.

Harbanger's picture

Those dwelling in the radioactive ruins of the United States western Europe and Russia. These souls have a very brief time to suffer.

Ms. Erable's picture

The nuclear viral contanment option would see western and northern Africa, along with central America and central Asia, sharing similar fates.

Harbanger's picture

As soon as the 1st nukes start flying, they all let loose.  There are people who are actively strategizing this as an option and believe that they can win this type of war.  They believe lasers(star wars technology) will be the determining factor to how many missiles penetrate an air space and who ultimately survives long enough to win.  BTW- There's a strong probability the Malasian airliner was taken out by lasers.

Nexus789's picture

Even a small number of nukes (model of Indian versus Pakistan nuke exchange as a guide) will plunge the world into a nuclear winter. A collapse of the grid in the US so it can't be immediately recovered will kill much of the US population and probably cause nuclear stations to melt down along with their cooling ponds - so what would they be winning? A phyric victory perhaps.

Lasers? In the pictures the aircraft skin looks like swiss cheese - bullets, shrapnel, more like.

icanhasbailout's picture

it might take just that for housing prices to normalize

Calmyourself's picture

Congrats you get it, grid breakdowns are bad supply lines suffer etc.. The real bad news is the 142 nuke plants.. EMP, I can survive, 142 chernobyl/Fuckushimas none of us can.

Tall Tom's picture

You are correct Ms.Erable. It will not be the United States that opts for it.


The first case that appears in China will be the decisive case. Chinese business interests are in Nigeria to secure that small bit of Oil.


Mao Tse Tung had no problem eradicating Tens of Millions of People. I am pretty sure that the Chinese Government will not have a problem eradicating tens of millions more.


They will stage a False Flag, blame it on terrorism, with the USA and the Russians turning a blind eye to Chinese action.


The people in Lagos are walking dead. They must act fast before the prople there start fleeing and dispersing.


The Nuclear Viral Containment option is most definitely on the table. The 40 Million in Lagos are a small price to pay to protect the Billions of non infected Humans.


I do believe that it will be restricted to the infected parts of Africa first.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

but then.. if you let 5 billion sheeple die from ebola, it sure fixes peak oil for another century or so

Tall Tom's picture

Do you have an idea of the secondary affects of letting 5 Billion die?


It will not be restricted to the Developing World. It does not care about Social Economic Status.


When it migrates to the United States it may wipe out 150 to 290 Million Americans. Again it does not care whether the person is some homeless Free Shit Army slob or a Nuclear Engineer who mans a Nuclear Reactor.


The losses will shut down our ability to make Electricity, to distribute food, to farm, to do all that is necessary to run a First World Industrialized Nation.


The secondary effects will be an ecological disaster with Nuclear Reactors melting down, Refrigerated Gases exploding, releasing poisons,..toxins. Famine and starvation on a scale unimaginable will happen due to the LACK OF SKILLED LABOR.


Unemployment will decrease as everybody is working to survive in the catacylsmic aftermath. (That is a positive, right?)


Ebola does not care about Social Status thus dysentry, starvation, and lack of clean water may finish off the remnants of survivors.


It may even be an Human Extinction Level event...not from the disease (some will have natural immunity) but from the secondary effects.


Is there any depth of thought, here on ZH?

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

hey thats a kinda long post, dyou mind if i go get a sandwich first?

NoWayJose's picture

Don't get any Zombie juices on you though.

booboo's picture

I'm moving to Sudan if the shit hits here, looks like they are building up some resistance, I can get a transfusion from some leaky 80 year old street tramp, she may be the cure.

junction's picture

Everyone possibly exposed to the Ebola virus, take a shower.  Except in Detroit, where your water supply was cut off, sucker.

Winston Churchill's picture

No coincidences in politics,war and plagues.

tempo's picture

Open borders, no questions asked, this is compassion, love, justice, mercy as taught by Jesus? Check the Old testament Jewish law.

Four chan's picture

it worked out for him.

Shizzmoney's picture

This should send stocks soaring

NoWayJose's picture

UK says its a threat - US says no threat. Time for Obama to announce sanctions on the UK!


I see more TSA tom foolery forthcoming at the airports. Please take off your shoes, spit in this jar, and breathe into this tube....have a nice day. 

Lostinfortwalton's picture

Maybe, just maybe, just f---ing maybe the TSA goons will come down with the virus.That would be just horrible. I dint know if I could go on.