Back from West Africa, NLR Man Discusses Ebola Outbreak

- NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A North Little Rock man who just returned from Sierra Leone is speaking out to bring attention to the plight of people in west Africa amid a new Ebola virus outbreak.
Woodie Butler wants people to know the situation is very scary and only getting worse. He hopes folks in his home state of Arkansas will support organizations trying to help.

"I'm so worried about what's going on over there," he said.  "I love that place. It's the most wonderful place in the world."

Butler spent the last two years mining and buying diamonds in Sierra Leone, one of three countries the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned Americans to avoid because of the unprecedented health scare.

"Three or four months ago we first started hearing about it," Butler said. "All of the sudden people quit shaking hands. We started having to wash our hands everywhere we went."

Butler says the government is taking extreme steps to prevent the virus from spreading.

"They had checkpoints, and you had to stop your car," he said. "They had armed military and police there. They'd check your temperature, ask you questions, look at your body, you'd have to lift your shirt to see if you had any rashes."

Butler says fear is rampant in west Africa and many are afraid to get tested for Ebola, worried they'll be quarantined and left to suffer.

"I want the awareness to what's going on over there, the people are scared," Butler said.

Despite the warnings, Butler says he plans on going back to west Africa in the next couple of months. That is where he met his fiancé and where she remains. While he's here he hopes to spread the word about what he's seen there.

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