Ebola victim who sparked fears of a worldwide outbreak was American: Father who died of incurable virus in Nigeria after taking international flight was going to visit his children in Minnesota

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
By Paul Martin

It has been revealed that the Ebola victim who sparked fears of a global outbreak is a US citizen
Patrick Sawyer, 40, died of the deadly virus in Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday
His wife back in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, has revealed he was due home in August
Decontee Sawyer, 34, said her husband caught the virus from his sister in Liberia
The couple are originally from Liberia and have family in the US and West Africa
Nearly 700 people have been killed by the virus across West Africa
Two American aid workers in Liberia have also tested positive for the virus and are being treated there
Nancy Writebol, from Charlotte, North Carolina, has the incurable disease
Kent Brantly was treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, Liberia when he recognized he had the symptoms

By James Nye
29 July 2014

The Ebola victim who sparked fears that a historic outbreak of the disease could spread globally was an American citizen, it was revealed last night.

Patrick Sawyer died this week after becoming noticeably ill on a flight from Liberia in West Africa, where the worst ever outbreak of Ebola is gathering pace, to the city of Lagos in Nigeria.

His case sparked alarm across the globe because he was able to board an international flight while carrying the incurable disease – potentially infecting other passengers who could fly across the world in a nightmare scenario for health experts.

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