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Spain sends plane to evacuate missionary with Ebola

Published on Aug 6, 2014 5:13 PM

MADRID (AFP) - Spain’s government said on Wednesday it will send an air force plane to Liberia within hours to fly an elderly Spanish missionary infected with Ebola back home for treatment.

Mr Miguel Pajares, a 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest, has tested positive for Ebola at a hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia where he worked, according to the Spanish aid organisation he works for.

Spain has equipped a military Airbus A310 for a medical evacuation and is to send the aircraft shortly to the West African nation to retrieve the missionary, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

“It could leave in the next hour,” the spokesman told AFP.

A woman washes her hands with chlorine water to prevent contracting Ebola at a public health centre on July 31, 2014, in Monrovia. -- PHOTO: AFP
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