And now it has now made the leap, on an aeroplane, to Lagos in Nigeria,
Africa’s most populous city, inside a 40 year-old Liberian civil servant,
who was sick on arrival and died only a few days later. Authorities are
monitoring a total of 59 people who were in contact with Sawyer, including
airport contacts, the Lagos state health ministry said. The hospital where
he died has been shut down and quarantined.
Actually, they have no clue what happened to those he was in contact with on his flight into Lagos:
In Sawyer’s case, it appears nothing was done to question him until he fell sick on his second flight with Asky Airlines. An airline spokesman would not comment on what precautions were being taken in the aftermath of Sawyer’s journey.
Liberian Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah told The Associated Press last week that there had been no screening at Liberia’s Monrovia airport.
And even the passengers on Sawyers final flight were give a “list of symptoms,” a pat on the back, and sent off into the world:
Sawyer was immediately quarantined upon arrival in Lagos – a city of 21 million people – and Nigerian authorities say his fellow travelers were advised of Ebola’s symptoms and then were allowed to leave. The incubation period can be as long as 21 days, meaning anyone infected may not fall ill for several weeks.
Uh huh. When Kim du Toit famously recommended “Let Africa Sink,” I don’t think he was considering the possibility that it might take the rest of us with it.