American man from Minnesota died from Ebola virus
CHICAGO - A 40-year-old man who died in a Nigerian hospital last week from the ebola virus was an American from Minnesota, his wife told NBC News on Tuesday.
Decontee Sawyer told NBC that her husband, Patrick Sawyer, who was working for the Liberian government, collapsed July 20 in Lagos, Nigeria after flying there from Liberia. He had been working in Liberia since 2008, she said.
Sawyer had been put in isolation in a hospital in Nigeria and died on Friday. His was the first recorded case in Nigeria of the disease, the government said on Monday.
Reuters was not immediately able to reach Decontee Sawyer to confirm the information.
Two other Americans infected with ebola while in Liberia to help fight the disease, Dr. Kent Brantlyand Nancy Writebol, are still hospitalized, according to SIM, the faith-based international relief group with which they work.
"At present both Brantly and Writebol are stable, yet suffering from some of the symptoms of the virus. Each is receiving around-the-clock medical care," according to a SIM statement on Tuesday.
"The next few days are critical in assessing the recovery of these Ebola crisis responders," Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA, said in the statement.