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Old 08-03-2014, 04:35 AM   #1
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Default Liberia News on Ebola

http://nationalchronicleliberia.com/...tion-bad-news/

If you find the time, this is a very interesting read. It talks about relationships and how certain key folks, related to Sawyer, were exposed. Family relationships, and a few very deadly lies.

This is not new so please forgive me if it had been posted elsewhere.
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Ebola victims' bodies in street in Monrovia: 'They both gave up and dropped dead on the ground'


August 4, 2014 - 5:42AM

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The bodies of two men previously showing symptoms of Ebola lay in the streets of Monrovia for four days before being collected by health workers on Sunday, residents told Reuters.

"They both gave up and dropped dead on the ground on the street of Clara Town," said resident Nema Red, referring to a district of the Liberian capital.

Both men had shown symptoms of Ebola such as bleeding and vomiting before they died but scared locals had refused to take them to the hospital, she added.

Information Minister Lewis Brown confirmed that the bodies had been collected, although he said they had only been there for a few hours. "I can confirm that the bodies were in the street. They have been removed," he said on Sunday.

Residents of Liberia's capital have resisted efforts to confront the effect of Ebola as fear grows of the lethal virus. Authorities in Liberia's capital have begun digging graves intended for victims of the outbreak that has already killed 156 people so far in the West African country and more than 729 people in the region, according to the World Health Organisation.

But, as the sun set on Saturday, instead of the 100 graves ordered by the health ministry there are just five shallow holes, partly filled with water.

The slow progress follows strong resistance from local communities who do not want victims of the disease buried near their homes
, enhancing the difficulties of stretched West African governments as they seek to control the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Liberia's overcrowded and understaffed Elwa Hospital has had to turn away Ebola cases this week - a scenario exacerbated by the withdrawal of some international staff following the infection of two US health workers here.

Ebola, which is fatal in more than half of cases in the current outbreak, is transmitted by direct contact with the blood or fluids of the infected, including the dead.

The first burial site for the 30 bodies in the poor township of Johnsonville was abandoned by health workers after the land owner refused to sell the land to bury Ebola victims.

At the second site, an angry crowd gathered, shouting at health workers dressed in white protective suits who sought to appease them by handing out Ebola information flyers.

"You will have to kill us first," shouted one group.


Forces from the Liberian army with shields and bulletproof vests arrived on the scene shortly afterwards. A source in the health ministry said the bodies were finally buried overnight with the help of around 40 additional workers...
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The ultimate in understandable NIMBYism. Who'd want to live near a burial ground for Ebola victims?

Don't like the sounds of 5 desultory graves out of 100... but half filled with water.
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This appears to be a separate incident from the one in Monrovia.

2 Corpses, Abandoned Bodies, Discovered in Paynesville

Fri, 08/01/2014


The abandoned building where the two alleged Ebola’s bodies were discovered

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Two persons suspected dead from the Ebola virus were found on Thursday, July 31 in separate rooms in a house at the Acheke Junction in the Neezo Community, Paynesville. Both persons died on Tuesday, July 29, according to an eyewitness.

Mr. Leo Massaquoi, who reported the incident to the Daily Observer, identified the deceased as Daniel King, a land dealer in the area, and King’s sister-in-law, a resident of the Barnersville Community.

He claims they died after allegedly falling ill to the Ebola virus.

The eyewitness further explained that the victims came in contact with the deadly virus when both of them, without the help of health workers, buried King’s mother-in-law.

According to Massaquoi, King’s mother-in-law had died in a taxi en route to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Sinkor, after she experienced severe vomiting.

After noticing the unusual death and burial, King’s neighbors decided to contact the Ebola response team.

“When the health workers went to inquire at King’s house,” Massaquoi narrated, “family members there refused to talk to them. They even claimed that the team was there because they wanted to remove the kidneys of King and the sister-in-law, if they followed the team to a nearby health facility for testing.”

The health workers, too, aggravated by the Kings’ rejection of their help, told the Kings and the community they were leaving and would not return.

That was Monday, July 28.

Unfortunately, Massaquoi said, the victims died the following day, Tuesday, in separate rooms in the house, with their family members, including King’s wife abandoning their bodies.

On Thursday, July 31, residents of the Neezoe community took to the street and blocked all of the roads “after several unanswered complaints for the Ministry of Health to remove the suspected Ebola’s bodies from their community,” Massaquoi said.

The community members say the abandoned bodies are posing a serious health hazard to the area.


And even more It's no freakin' wonder that people don't know who to trust.


Formaldeyde in Water Allegedly Causing Ebola-like Symptoms

Sat, 08/02/2014

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A man in Schieffelin, a community located in Margibi County on the Robertsfield Highway, has been arrested for attempting to put formaldehyde into a well used by the community.

Reports say around 10 a.m., he approached the well with powder in a bottle. Mobbed by the community, he confessed that he had been paid to put formaldeyde into the well, and that he was not the only one. He reportedly told community dwellers, “We are many.” There are are agents in Harbel, Dolostown, Cotton Tree and other communities around the ountry, he said.

State radio, ELBC, reports that least 10 people in the Dolostown community have died after drinking water from poisoned wells.

The man also alleged that some water companies, particularly those bagging mineral water to sell, are also involved. The poison, he said, produces Ebola-like symptoms and subsequently kills people.

The Observer had previously been informed that people dressed as nurses were going into communities with 'Ebola Vaccines'. Once injected, it reportedly produces Ebola-like symptoms and sends victims into a coma. Shortly thereafter, victims expire. Communities are now reportedly chasing vaccine peddlers out of their communities. After 10 children reportedly died from the 'vaccine' in Bensonville, the peddlers were reportedly chased out of the community upon their next visit.

It is possible that the 'vaccine' is/was composed of the same formaldehyde-water mixture. This publication has received reports from families whose loved ones' organs were missing upon return of the bodies to the families. Families suspect an organ trafficking operation is capitalizing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia...
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This appears to be a separate incident from the one in Monrovia.
How awful. It is easy to forget the human side of all this when the stakes are so high.
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Bloody, BLOODY HELL!

THIS is the kind of insane, inhumane crap that instantly counters the messaging NGO staff are so patiently trying to do.

Aren't those people, those communities suffering enough?
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***Ebola victims must be cremated, Liberian government says

The Liberian government is ordering that all corpses of Ebola victims must be cremated as fears rise that the disease could be spread by bodies being buried in residential areas.

Information Minister Lewis Brown announced Monday on state radio that authorities now will cremate the remains of Ebola victims...***

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Liberia: Report - Catholic Hospital Boss Tested Positive of Ebola Dies

Brother Patrick Nshamdze has died.
St Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia is where Princess Sawyer died from
Ebola on July 7th, and also where her brother Patrick Sawyer is thought to have been infected due to exposure to her blood..




The Director of the Saint Joseph Catholic Hospital, a Catholic run hospital in Liberia, who was reportedly tested positive of the deadly Ebola virus recently, has died.

According to cogent information gathered by this paper, Brother Patrick Nshamdze died during the late morning hour of Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the isolation center at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

The report says Bro. Nshamdze was last Thursday evening transferred from the Catholic Hospital where he was earlier being treated to the isolation center at the ELWA Hospital.

The transfer of Bro. Nshamdze, the report says, was necessary so as to prevent the spread of the disease at the Catholic Hospital where there is no isolation center.

It could be recalled that on Thursday, July 31, 2014, the Heritage reported that Bro. Nshamdze was tested positive of the Ebola virus after he supposedly came in contact with a patient who died from the virus.

The Heritage further reported that on the 17th of this month, his specimen was taken at the Ebola testing lab, and the result, which came on the next day (July 18), proved [tested] negative.
( 10 days ? after exposure his blood test was still negative )

However, the late Catholic hospital director was tested positive on Tuesday, July 29, 2014after he underwent another test for Ebola. The second test was based on a request for health certificate to enable him travel abroad for further medical treatment owing to medical complication.

When he was tested positive, he was quarantined at the Catholic Hospital, while undergoing treatment.

At the same time, the hospital authorities have reportedly shut down the hospital for one month in order to carry on the fumigation and chlorination of the entire building.
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http://allafrica.com/stories/201408042207.html

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BA suspends Sierra Leone and Liberia flights over Ebola

Last updated Tue 5 Aug 2014

British Airways has temporarily suspended all flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak.

The airline confirmed all its flights to and from the respective capitals of Freetown and Monrovia have been suspended until August 31 because of the "deteriorating public health situation" in both countries.

The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the route under constant review in the coming weeks.

Customers with tickets on those routes are being offered a range of options including a full refund and the ability to rebook their flights to a later date.

– BRITISH AIRWAYS SPOKESPERSON
http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-...s-over-ebola/?
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This article is a couple of days old but it illustrates the ongoing problems that Liberia is having with handling the deceased.

MoH Turns Over Ebola Dead to Internal Affairs

Sun, 08/03/2014
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The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) has turned over responsibility for the handling of Ebola dead to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).

Scores of family and community members calling the hotline numbers say they are not getting through; and those who are getting through say they have to wait for hours.

Upon receiving reports that four bodies suspected to be Ebola victims had been found in Bo Waterside and needed to be removed, the Observer contacted Minister of Health, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale.

The Minister of Health told the Observer that his primary obligation is to the living, not the dead. Overwhelmed with too many other pressing issues, he could not shoulder the burden of the dead, he said. He told this publication that he has therefore asked the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to turn that aspect over to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).

This information was confirmed by a senior official at the MIA, who said the ministry is doing the best it can to handle the bodies but is struggling to cope, especially with those infected byEbola.

"We are overwhelmed," the official said. "Burial is a technical matter, and we only have one technical team leader trained by MSF."

...The MIA says it has no technical capacity for pick up, bagging, spraying and burial of dead bodies, especially those from Ebola. The Ministry says it also needs goggles, gloves, overgarments and masks.
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A couple of interesting items that I haven't seen elsewhere.

Bong CHO Wants Border Residents Report Suspected Ebola Cases
Aug 04, 2014
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Bong County Health Officer (CHO), Dr. Samson K. Arzoquoi, has emphasized the need for people residing along the Liberia-Guinea border to report suspected Ebola cases and strange people found in their communities.

...Meanwhile, he has clarified that contrary to claims that the County Health Team will spray all homes in the county, including Gbarnga City, the team is rather doing targeted spraying.

He explained that targeted spraying is where the team will spray homes with suspected and confirmed cases for the purpose of making them habitable for surviving family members.



Legislative Staff Sent Home

Jul 30, 2014

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The Leadership of the 53rd National Legislature has begun taking preventive measures to avoid the spread of the Ebola Virus among employees of the first branch of Government.

The measures include the sending home of employees whom the leadership referred to as ‘non-essential staff’.

According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar Findley, told the employees Tuesday to stay home until the situation normalizes.

Under the measures, the Leadership of the Legislature has also ordered the closure of two of the three entrances to the Capital Building, with the movement of visitors restricted.

The Leadership has also placed buckets with chlorinated water to the main entrances to the building housing the Lawmakers for the purpose of hand washing...
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What a terrible duty & burden - being tasked with safely picking up, transporting & burying the Ebola dead & you'd pretty much have to assume any body abandoned, might have Ebola. No protective gear, no welcome anywhere, (understandable!); no support from anyone.

The news seems to get worse by the day out of Liberia. I can't imagine the chronic high level of fear these poor people must be dealing with as they struggle to not only get by day to day but more fundamentally, keep themselves & their families alive.
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Liberia: Report - Catholic Hospital Boss Tested Positive of Ebola Dies

Brother Patrick Nshamdze has died.
St Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia is where Princess Sawyer died from
Ebola on July 7th, and also where her brother Patrick Sawyer is thought to have been infected due to exposure to her blood..




The Director of the Saint Joseph Catholic Hospital, a Catholic run hospital in Liberia, who was reportedly tested positive of the deadly Ebola virus recently, has died.

According to cogent information gathered by this paper, Brother Patrick Nshamdze died during the late morning hour of Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the isolation center at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

The report says Bro. Nshamdze was last Thursday evening transferred from the Catholic Hospital where he was earlier being treated to the isolation center at the ELWA Hospital.

The transfer of Bro. Nshamdze, the report says, was necessary so as to prevent the spread of the disease at the Catholic Hospital where there is no isolation center.

It could be recalled that on Thursday, July 31, 2014, the Heritage reported that Bro. Nshamdze was tested positive of the Ebola virus after he supposedly came in contact with a patient who died from the virus.

The Heritage further reported that on the 17th of this month, his specimen was taken at the Ebola testing lab, and the result, which came on the next day (July 18), proved [tested] negative.
( 10 days ? after exposure his blood test was still negative )

However, the late Catholic hospital director was tested positive on Tuesday, July 29, 2014after he underwent another test for Ebola. The second test was based on a request for health certificate to enable him travel abroad for further medical treatment owing to medical complication.

When he was tested positive, he was quarantined at the Catholic Hospital, while undergoing treatment.

At the same time, the hospital authorities have reportedly shut down the hospital for one month in order to carry on the fumigation and chlorination of the entire building.
...
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http://allafrica.com/stories/201408042207.html


Somewhat different version of this info, although some of the differences may be due to translation issues.

However, it does appear that Spain will be bringing this patient home for treatment. I'm looking for further in Spanish media.


Google translation from original source: http://www.elconfidencial.com/espana...-ebola_172515/

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The Spanish priest Miguel Pajares testing positive for Ebola

government launches its repratiación

08/05/2014

The Spanish religious of the Brothers of St. John of God Miguel Pajares, 75, has tested positive for the Ebola , as confirmed by the NGO Juan City through its website. They have also tested positive Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, and Patience Chantal Pascaline Mutwamene Melgar.

"Juan City NGO reports that the situation in the San José Hospital in Monrovia where six people are isolated from Friday August 1st is serious," said the NGO in a statement.

The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God has communicated this information to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Health in Spain, which "will start the repatriation protocol" and has insisted that contagion risks are "very low. "

Brother Pajares, along with six other colleagues-including religious with national Spanish- remain isolated in the San José Hospital in Liberia since last Friday. In this hospital he died last Saturday its director, Patrick Nshamdze brother, having contracted Ebola. The hospital has been closed since then.

The Spanish religious of the Brothers of St. John of God Miguel Pajares, 75, has tested positive for the Ebola , as confirmed by the NGO Juan City through its website. They have also tested positive Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, and Patience Chantal Pascaline Mutwamene Melgar.

"Juan City NGO reports that the situation in the San José Hospital in Monrovia where six people are isolated from Friday August 1st is serious," said the NGO in a statement.

The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God has communicated this information to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Health in Spain, which "will start the repatriation protocol" and has insisted that contagion risks are "very low. "

Brother Pajares, along with six other colleagues-including religious with national Spanish- remain isolated in the San José Hospital in Liberia since last Friday. In this hospital he died last Saturday its director, Patrick Nshamdze brother, having contracted Ebola. The hospital has been closed since then.
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This is the President of the country. Excuse my French, but shits gettin' real up in here.

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Liberians in 'Panic' Over Ebola, Need Doctors: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: August 01, 2014 12:26 IST

Washington: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appealed for more doctors and supplies to help West African nations battle an outbreak of deadly Ebola, warning on Thursday the crisis was "nearing a catastrophe.

Early denial about the dangers of the contagious disease among Liberians has now "turned into fear and panic," she told CNN in an interview over Skype.

"There are dead bodies all over the place and they now know that it's real. They know that it's deadly and they are now beginning to respond," Ms Sirleaf said.

"This is very, very serious, it's very nearing a catastrophe."

The biggest challenge was trying to contain people in order to try to stop the spread of the epidemic.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/li...sirleaf-569001
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One has to wonder what the real numbers are. Exponential growth.
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So in Liberia, community resistance remains high. Good luck with any measure you are try to put in place.

In Sierra Leone they don't know (either bacause its so wide spread, or they are so inept - or both) where treatment centers and labs are needed most.
Can't post this as it's AP, but the London Express just published a picture of a dead ebola victim lying in the middle of the street in Liberia, with bystanders walking by
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The President of Liberia has declared a 90 day State of Emergency. The declaration is almost poignant. And I echo what Exodia said earlier. "Excuse my French, but shits gettin' real up in here."


President Sirleaf Declares State of Emergency

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My fellow Liberians,

Our nation is currently affected by the deadly Ebola virus, and the disease has now spread to eight (8) counties. Liberia is among three (3) countries experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of the virus -- the largest ever since this virus was first discovered. It now poses serious risks to the health, safety, security and welfare of our nation. And beyond the public health risk, the disease is now undermining the economic stability of our country to the tune of millions of dollars in lost revenue, productivity and economic activity.

The healthcare system in the country is now under immense strain, and the Ebola epidemic is having a chilling effect on overall healthcare delivery. Out of fear of being infected with the disease, healthcare practitioners are afraid to accept new patients, especially in community clinics all across the country. Consequently, many common diseases, which are especially prevalent during the rainy season, such as malaria, typhoid and common colds, are going untreated and may lead to unnecessary and preventable deaths.

The virus currently has no cure and has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent. The aggregate number of cases -- confirmed, probable and suspected -- in our country has now exceeded five hundred (500), with about 271 cumulative deaths. With 32 deaths among healthcare workers, the death rate among citizens -- especially among healthcare workers -- is alarming.

Two weeks ago, I established a National Task Force, which I chair myself, to respond to this crisis. I instructed all non-essential government staff to stay home for thirty (30) days, ordered the closure of schools and authorized the fumigation of all public buildings. We have shut down markets in affected areas and have restricted movement in others. We have improved our response time and contact tracking, and have begun coordinating with regional and international partners.

Despite this and other continuing efforts, the threat continues to grow. Ignorance, poverty, as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease, especially in the counties. The actions allowed by statute under the Public Health Law are no longer adequate to deal with the Ebola epidemic as comprehensive[ly] and holistic[ally] as the outbreak requires. The scope and scale of the epidemic, the virulence and deadliness of the virus now exceed the capacity and statutory responsibility of any one government agency or ministry. The Ebola virus disease, the ramifications and consequences thereof, now constitute an unrest affecting the existent security and well-being of the Republic, amounting to a clear and present danger.

The government and people of Liberia require extraordinary measures for the very survival of our State and for the protection of the lives of our people.

Now therefore, and by virtue of the powers vested in me as President of the Republic of Liberia, I, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, in keeping with Article 86(a) and (b) of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, hereby declare a State of Emergency throughout the Republic of Liberia, effective as of August 6, 2014, for a period of ninety (90) days.

Under this State of emergency, the government will institute extraordinary measures, including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and priveleges. As mandated by the Constitution, I will immediately forward the declaration of the State of Emergency to the National Legislature accompanied by an explanation of the facts and circumstances leading to the declaration.

May God bless us all and preserve our great Nation.
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Gawd help them. It's the right thing to do, the right things to say but holy crap that has got to add to the outright terror.

It reads like something out of any apocalypse movie just before the megadisaster happens.
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Default Security Footage of Patrick Sawyer At Airport

From ProMed late last night:

***Nigeria: PS was sick on boarding
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6 Aug 2014: Images from a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitored here at the James Spriggs Payne's Airport have shown how the late PS was terribly ill before boarding the Nigeria bond flight. From the recording, it appears he knew he had been infected by the deadly tropical disease. His behavior, among other passengers waiting at the boarding gate, was strange. His face bore a sad countenance like someone who was troubled as he sat alone avoiding body contacts with everyone who came close by him. The video footage also shows the late PS lying flat on his stomach on the floor in the corridor of the airport, a sign of someone in excruciating pain.


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Old 08-07-2014, 11:45 AM   #20
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Somewhat different version of this info, although some of the differences may be due to translation issues.

However, it does appear that Spain will be bringing this patient home for treatment. I'm looking for further in Spanish media.


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Yeah somewhat different, two different persons. ones dead the other is still alive..
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The Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer credited with bringing the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Nigeria, knew he was sick with the virus before entry to Nigeria, Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has said.

He was also advised by the Liberian Health Ministry not to travel out of the country but he ignored the instruction, flew to Nigeria and died here transmitting the virus to Nigerian medical personnel who offered medical services to him, Chukwu added.

http://www.today.ng/news/ebola-outbr...alth-minister/

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He sounded like a self centered guy from what I read before this.

What a legacy to leave behind him.

He will go down in history.
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He sounded like a self centered guy from what I read before this.

What a legacy to leave behind him.

He will go down in history.
Like one of the men who snuck onto a Titanic lifeboat. What a jackass. What did he think it was gonna get him, a better hospital?
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:17 PM   #24
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His widow feels he was in denial.

He sounds he like he was a self centered pr*ck. But he did keep his distance to a degree.
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:25 PM   #25
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I've read there is a large Liberian community outside of Philly.
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