A Spanish priest who contracted ebola while working in Liberia has died in hospital, health authorities in Madrid have confirmed.
Father Miguel Pajares was the first European infected by a strain of the virus that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa. He was airlifted from Liberia on August 7 after becoming infected while working for a non-governmental organisation there.
The 75-year-old was flown to Spain for treatment with his co-worker Juliana Bohi, a nun who has since tested negative for the disease.
Fr Parajes had been in quarantine in Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital. Spain’s Health Ministry said Fr Pajares was being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp, manufactured by U.S. company Mapp Biopharmaceutical.
Two US aid workers infected by the disease have shown some signs of improvements since being given the drug, which had only previously been tested on monkeys.
Fr Pajares was part of a Catholic order at St Joseph’s Hospital in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.
A Congolese nun died at the hospital over the weekend, days after its director also passed away.
There has been criticism from some African countries, that the experimental drug is only being given to white people from the USA and Europe. What is a danger to everyone, as the above Sky News Report reinforces, is that we are not being told the entire truth about how easily Ebola can be contracted. That makes three experts at one hospital that have died from Ebola, catching it from the people they were treating. Dr. Bob Arnot in the video below talks about how two doctors, he walked an Ebola ward with, died in 5 days from minor contact with patients.