London, England, United Kingdom (4E) – West African airlines suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone Wednesday as the global medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned that the Ebola outbreak in the said countries and in Guinea are out of control.
The pan-African airline ASKY suspended all flights to and from the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone following the death of an American man of Liberian descent in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday. The man, Patrick Sawyer, 40, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was a Liberian Finance Ministry employee going to a conference in Nigeria when he started vomiting and had diarrhea, both symptoms of Ebola infection, during his flight.
Sawyer was with 50 other passengers, who are now being contacted by Nigerian health authorities to check if they have been infected.
In London, Dr. Brian McCloskey, director of global health at Public Health England, said British doctors have been alerted about the outbreak and requested that they remain vigilant for unexplained illness in those who have visited the affected area.
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said there is no British infected with the deadly virus so far.
Meanwhile, Bart Janssens, the MSF director of operations, warned that epidemic can only get worse.
The Ebola virus has killed more than 670 people in West Africa since the outbreak started in March.