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Liberian Government Plans To Prosecute Man Who Left Nation, Later Diagnosed With Ebola In U.S.

News outlets report on Liberia’s plans to prosecute a man who allegedly lied to airline officials about his contact with an Ebola patient and later became the first person to be diagnosed with the disease in the U.S.

Associated Press: Liberia to prosecute man who brought Ebola to U.S.
“The Liberian man infected with Ebola who brought the disease to the United States will be prosecuted when he returns home for lying on his airport screening questionnaire, Liberian authorities said Thursday…” (Paye-Layleh, 10/2).

The Atlantic: Why Liberia Is Prosecuting the Man Who Brought Ebola to the U.S.
“As health officials scramble to determine the number of people who may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man currently being treated for Ebola in Dallas, Texas, Liberian officials have taken the aggressive step of announcing that they plan to prosecute Duncan. The government alleges that Duncan lied about having come into contact with someone affected by Ebola during an airport screening in Liberia…” (Chandler, 10/2).

Reuters: Liberia says may prosecute man who flew to U.S. with Ebola
“…The Liberian government said Duncan failed to declare that he helped neighbor Marthalene Williams after she fell critically ill on Sept. 15. Duncan tried to arrange for a car to take her to a hospital, but failed…” (Felix, 10/3).

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