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Evacuated Spanish priest with Ebola dies: hospital

Published on Aug 12, 2014 5:26 PM

MADRID (AFP) - An elderly Spanish priest infected with Ebola died in a Madrid hospital on Tuesday, five days after being evacuated from Liberia, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest, Mr Miguel Pajares, had been treated in Spain with an experimental US serum called ZMapp after being flown to Madrid on Aug 7. He contracted the virus at the Saint Joseph Hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia where he worked.

Meanwhile in Liberia, the authorities was awaiting Tuesday the delivery of ZMapp to treat Ebola patients as the World Health Organisation (WHO) debated the use of such treatments and announced the global death toll for the virus has topped 1,000.

Liberia, one of the hardest hit by the killer virus, said it had requested samples of ZMapp and that supplies would be brought into the country "by a representative of the US government" later this week.

A handout picture taken and released on Aug 7, 2014 by the Spanish Defence Ministry shows aid workers and doctors transferring Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, and Spanish nun Juliana Bonoha Bohe from Madrid's Torrejon air base to the Carlos III hospital upon their arrival in Spain. Mr Pajares died on Aug 12, 2014, five days after being evacuated from Liberia. -- PHOTO: AFP 
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