Liberia to Prosecute US Ebola Patient

Thomas Duncan lied on health questionnaire, they say
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2014 12:48 PM CDT
Liberia to Prosecute US Ebola Patient
Families walk by a law enforcement vehicle near the main entrance to The Ivy Apartments in Dallas, where the patient was staying.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

If he survives Ebola, the man who brought the disease with him to the US from Liberia will face charges back home. The Liberian government said today that it plans to prosecute Thomas Duncan for lying on a health form, reports AP. On a questionnaire he filled out at the airport before being allowed to leave the West African country, the 42-year-old said he had not had contact with any Ebola patients. But days before leaving, he and others helped a sick pregnant woman into a taxi and rode with her in search of a hospital. She later died of Ebola, though neighbors say that Duncan and others thought her severe stomach pain at the time was a pregnancy complication, not the deadly disease. Duncan showed no signs of Ebola at the airport near Monrovia, reports CNN. (More Liberia stories.)

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