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Liberians in US worry about Ebola outbreak
Ebola not distant threat for Liberians in US; outbreak sparks fear, travel cancellations
Associated Press
2014-07-29 11:22 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is stirring fear and canceling travel plans in Minnesota, where thousands of Liberians have immigrated over the years.

The worry has been heightened with a report that a Liberian government official died of the disease just weeks before he was due to fly to Minneapolis to visit his wife and children.

The cause of Patrick Sawyer's death hasn't been confirmed.

His widow, Decontee Sawyer, says she is talking about his death in part to raise awareness about the danger of Ebola possibly being carried by travelers.

Minnesota health officials have begun outreach efforts on how to recognize symptoms of the disease and travel safely. Meanwhile, Liberian immigrants are raising money for medical supplies to send abroad.

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