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Preisdent Sirleaf-Johnson apologises to Nigeria over importation of Ebola virus by Sawyer

08/08/2014 11:52
President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, yesterday apologised to the Nigerian government over the importation of the deadly Ebola virus into the country, by Patrick Sawyer, Liberian-American.
Sawyer who died in Lagos on July 25, arrived the country on July 20 having been infected with the virus in Liberia, where he had gone to for the burial of his sister who died of the Ebola disease.
Sawyer was said to have ignored warnings not to travel out of Liberia having been placed under surveillance.
One of the nurses who attended to Sawyer at a hospital in Lagos, has already died of the disease, while the medical doctor who attended to him has tested positive for the virus.
The Liberian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nurudeem Mohammed, told journalists in Abuja that President Sirleaf-Johnson, was deeply sorry that Sawyer brought the virus to Nigeria.
He said that the deceased was under surveillance in Liberia but that he sneaked into Lagos. 
"The Liberian President has personally called to apologise on the unfortunate development. She specifically said her country had declared a state of emergency over the Ebola epidermic in Liberia. She equally apologised that Sawyer ignored medical advice and escaped out of Liberia," he said.

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