The Liberian Government says it is “concerned and regrets that an individual travelling from Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola after arrival in the United States.”
The Government says there are stringent screening measures currently in place at Liberia’s Roberts International Airport which it believes are preventing the disease from spreading through air travel.
The state-owned Liberia News Agency (LINA), quoting a special statement issued by Information Minister Lewis G. Brown Wednesday, said the Government regularly monitors the screening programs at the RIA.
LINA further quoted Minister Brown as saying, “We understand his tests at the RIA, like all others who are being permitted to travel, including on the 19th of September, showed he manifested no signs of fever or any other symptoms of the virus.”
The Liberian Government said as it was also discovering, “it was only days after his arrival in the United States that the disease was manifested,” and, “As such, consistent with the findings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are led to believe that he posed no risks to other passengers or the crew with whom he traveled.”
Minister Brown said the Liberian Government also has “every faith that the United States authorities will successfully contain this latest case so it remains an isolated incident.”
The Government said this incident demonstrates a clear international dimension of the Ebola crisis to which many have eloquently spoken and for which the resources of the world are being mobilized to avert.
“For months now, the Liberian Government has been stressing that this disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem; The entire international community has a stake in defeating Ebola; Together, we will win the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease," The Government statement concluded.