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Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian, is the first person diagnosed with Ebola

on U.S. soil. Did he arrive knowing he was infected hoping to receive life-

saving treatment? If so, he has gotten his wish.

 

 

Ex-Employer says Ebola Carrier Knew He Had Virus before Fleeing to U.S. (Daily Observer, Liberia)

 

"Four days before he boarded a plane bound for the United States, Duncan helped carry his landlord's pregnant daughter, who was convulsing, to a clinic for treatment. She died the following day. At his former workplace as a driver with SafeWay Cargo (a licensed agent for FedEx) on Broad Street in central Monrovia, Mr. Duncan was reportedly involved in a car accident. Workers there speculate that having acquired a U.S. visa, he didn't care about the consequences and never returned. A source at FedEx in Monrovia said Duncan apparently knew he was suffering from the disease, and that his best chance of survival was to reach America, a position that a family source denied."

 

By Omari Jackson

 

October 3, 2014

 

Liberia Daily Observer Original Article (English)

Volunteer [Ebola] contact tracers from the 72nd St. Community in Paynesville, where Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan lives, have begun an awareness campaign to discover the places and people he may have come into contact with. Duncan, who is now in the United States, is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. The Paynesville community has been in shock since learning that he is suffering from the Ebola virus.

 

Duncan is currently quarantined in "serious but stable condition" at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Several residents of the Ivy Apartment Complex in Dallas where Duncan had been staying, which is home to more than 400 people, say they were unaware that Duncan was residing there.

 

In Monrovia, radio reports suggest that once Duncan is out of danger, he could face prosecution. Liberians are split over what should happen to Ebola-infected Liberians once they travel to another country. Should they face justice afterwards? How did they become infected?

 

Information reaching the Observer suggests that it was an act of compassion that led Mr. Duncan to contract the virus. Four days before he boarded a plane bound for the United States, Duncan helped carry his landlord's pregnant daughter, who was convulsing, to a clinic for treatment. Nathalene Williams, 19, whom Duncan had assisted, had been turned away from three hospitals and a clinic. She died the following day.

 

Nathaline's brother and aunt died soon later.

 

The question many Liberians are asking is: Why did Duncan embark on his trip? Information Minister Lewis Brown told journalists that Duncan didn't exhibit symptoms up to September 19, the day of his departure on a Brussels Airlines flight.

 

According to sources at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, current policy says that only those displaying symptoms of Ebola are barred from flying out of Liberia.

 

 

As it has been announced, the Ebola virus can remain unnoticed in an infected person for from two to 21 days, which raises serious concerns about whether Duncan might have interacted with friends in Monrovia.

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At his former workplace as a driver with SafeWay Cargo (a licensed agent for FedEx) on Broad Street in central Monrovia, Mr. Duncan was reportedly involved in a car accident, which he claimed was caused by a punctured tire. Workers there speculate that having acquired an American visa, he didn't care about the consequences and never returned to work after the accident.

 

"I was surprised to hear that he had arrived in the United States," said a former co-worker who spoke to the Observer.

 

A source at FedEx in Monrovia said Duncan apparently knew he was suffering from the disease, and that his best chance of survival was to reach the United States, a position that a family source denied when we sought confirmation.

 

At a visit to his residence in the 72nd St. Community yesterday, many people expressed shock that Duncan had been diagnosed with the disease, and wished him a speedy recovery. There were still others, particularly female friends, who due to his association with them, worried about Duncan's situation.

 

Duncan's family members in the United States are among up to 18 people being monitored after being exposed to the man, along with the ambulance crew who transported him to the hospital.

 

While U.S. health officials scrambled to contain the infection, Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Wednesday that he had "full confidence" in the state's medical teams when it comes to the safety and welfare of citizens, adding that only those who came in close contact with the patient while he was contagious were at risk.

 

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US October 3, 2014, 7:47am

 

 

 

 

 

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