The PJ Tatler

NPR: Liberia will Prosecute Ebola Patient Zero

NPR reports that should Thomas Eric Duncan survive his Ebola infection, he faces prosecution back home in Liberia.

Liberian officials say they will prosecute Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who was diagnosed in Dallas with Ebola, for allegedly lying on a health questionnaire before boarding a flight out of the country, The Associated Press reports.

Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the board of directors of the Liberia Airport Authority, said Duncan had answered “no” to a question asking whether he had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of anyone who had died in an Ebola-affected area.

“We expect people to do the honorable thing,” Kesselly said, according to the AP.

The honor system is not going to cut it. Duncan knew that he had been exposed to Ebola when he boarded the flight to Brussels, to Washington, and to Dallas. He also knew that he had been exposed when he went to the hospital on September 26, when he went home, when he stayed around his family, and when he went back to the hospital.