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Health workers put Ebola patient, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, into an ambulance at military air base in Madrid

Missionary priest dies after Ebola treatment

A Spanish missionary who was the first person in Europe to be treated for Ebola has died despite being given an experimental drug used to treat the deadly virus.

Fr Miguel Pajares, 75, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Madrid after being flown back from Liberia in West Africa on Thursday. Doctors were given the go-ahead to treat him with ZMapp, which has already been administered to two US health workers who returned to the States after falling ill with the virus. Sadly his condition worsened over the weekend and doctors were not able to save him.

Tragically, having spent 50 years as a missionary in Africa, Fr Pajares was due to leave Liberia next month to enjoy a well-deserved retirement at home in Spain.

The current Ebola epidemic has killed nearly 1000 people in West Africa. Last week the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak an ‘international emergency’— and warned it is likely to spread further.

As part of measures to prevent the spread of the disease the Catholic Church in Nigeria is discouraging Catholics from making the sign of peace during Mass.

Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja said that ‘the Church is taking precautionary steps to avoid the spread of the disease.’

Pic: Fr Miguel Pajares arrived in Spain last week but later died from the Ebola virus

—Read the full version of this story in August 15 edition of the SCO in parishes from Friday.



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