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First Ebola Case Reported In United States, Visiting Liberian From West Africa Quarantined in Texas

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A Liberian visiting from the hot bed of the deadliest Ebola outbreak who arrived in the United States visiting family members eleven days ago has been quarantined in the Health Presbyterian Hospital in Texas.

According to the Center for Disease and Control (CDC), a Liberian who name is being withheld, entered the United States eleven days ago, on September 20, 2014 and  was not detected with  fever before boarding or after disembarking the plane when tested for the Ebola virus. On September 24, 2014  after arrival into the United States, the Liberian felt sick and visited the Presbyterian Health on September 26, 2014, the patient sort treatment and sent home. Four days after  treatment, on September 28, 2014, the patient got sick again and returned to the Presbyterian Health Hospital and  patient blood was test and reported positive for the Ebola virus.

Augustine Ngafuan Foreign Minister

Augustine Ngafuan
Foreign Minister

The Center for Disease and Control assured the American public  that despite the report of the first case of Ebola in the country, there is no threat of the virus outbreak in the country and says the people the victim came in contact with are narrow and will trace  and contact them to monitor them for days to ensure that they too were not exposed to the victim.

The United States Ebola case reported  in the United States is the second of its kind where a Liberian national exports the Ebola virus outside of the Liberian border. Few  months ago a naturalized Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer who was also a Liberian public official fled to Nigeria via other West African countries infected with the Ebola virus died few days after he was admitted into a Nigerian hospital from the virus and some health workers who came in contact with him died, thereby exporting to Nigeria.

The United States government has dispatched 3,000 military personnel West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak as the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa “an international public health emergency”.

On Sunday the Liberian Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan appeared on CNN’s  Global Public Square Sunday show and said the Ebola virus hard hit his country as the result of the cultural practices of people or relatives of an Ebola victim wash their faces with the very water that was used to washed the body.

But Liberians at home and abroad are infuriated with the Foreign Minister’s assertion, calling him inept, incompetent and a blatant liar who embarrasses his country on the global stage because such cultural practice does not exit in Liberia. Many Liberians are shocked with the Foreign Minister’s assertion, lightening all Liberian social media platforms and say the Foreign Minister is interested in protecting his job and the integrity of the Liberian government that has lost the confidence of the Liberian people because it failed to acknowledge the Ebola outbreak earlier and put in place measures to curb the spread.

The Ebola in West Africa most hit Liberia three times the neighbors in Sierra Leone and Guinea where the virus first originated topping 1800 deaths contrasting to 600 deaths in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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