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Patrick Sawyer, 40, became infected in Liberia, where he worked as a government official. His wife and three small children live in Minnesota. (Source: Sawyer family handout/CNN) Patrick Sawyer, 40, became infected in Liberia, where he worked as a government official. His wife and three small children live in Minnesota. (Source: Sawyer family handout/CNN)
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(CNN) - An American man died from the Ebola virus last week in a Nigerian hospital.

Patrick Sawyer, 40, became infected in Liberia, where he worked as a government official. His wife and three small children live in Minnesota.

"He just wanted a better Liberia," said his wife, Decontee Sawyer. "He wanted to play his part in making it happen, and he thought being there was how to do that."

Patrick Sawyer planned to head back to the U.S. to celebrate his daughter's birthday when he became sick during a stop at a conference in Lagos. He died five days later.

The World Health Organization reported as of July 23 there had been at least 456 Ebola-related deaths and another 216 suspected deaths.

The CDC emphasized Monday that there was no "significant risk" of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S.

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