• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Ebola outbreak: Spanish priest put in quarantine

The Local · 4 Aug 2014, 12:09

Published: 04 Aug 2014 12:09 GMT+02:00

Miguel Pajares is being monitored in an isolation ward at the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God hospital in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.   

The condition of the priest, who also suffers from a heart condition, was continuing to worsen on Monday morning, Spanish national daily El Mundo reported.    

Pajares visited the hospital only recently to visit the clinic's director Patrick Nshamdze, who has since died from the deadly disease.

The Spanish priest and five other men are currently being treated for fever and other Ebola-like symptoms with paracetamol and saline solution.

However, sources at the hospital said they were yet to carry out definitive tests confirming Pajares is suffering from the Ebola virus. 

They were hoping to be able to do so, but conceded that Liberian authorities were overwhelmed in the face of the outbreak.

The Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God  hospital has been closed to all patients expect for the six men who remain in isolation, with all other suspected cases of Ebola now being treated at  the city's Elwa hospital.

On Sunday, Spain's foreign ministry warned nationals against visiting countries in West Africa affected by the current Ebola outbreak.

Story continues below…

The US is stepping up efforts to fight an outbreak which has claimed more than 800 lives and which US health authorities describe as "out of control".

Ebola, which spreads through contact with blood and bodily fluids, has a mortality rate of 50 to 90 percent. No specific treatment regime exists.

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.es)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Catalan leader wins backing for independence referendum
Carles Puigdemont won support for a referendum. Photo: AFP

Catalonia's regional president won a confidence vote to hold a Scottish-style referendum on independence next year.

 Spanish police seize over 100 tonnes of contraband tobacco
Over 100 tonnes of tobacco was seized. Photo: AFP

Spanish police have seized a record 100 tonnes of contraband tobacco worth €16 million ($18 million) and arrested 13 people suspected of selling it over the internet.

The Local list
Ten great reasons to discover the real Malaga right now
Malaga's modern port. Photo: Nick Kenrick/Flickr

Autumn is a great time to discover Spain's southern city of Malaga.

Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Photo: AFP

Spain is going through one of the worst political storms in its modern history.

Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Photo; Carlos Olmedillas / Flickr

Filming for Game of Thrones season 7 gets underway in Spain in October. The Local takes a look at the special places chosen for the next episodes in the epic HBO drama.

Catalan leader promises 2017 independence referendum
Photo: AFP

The president of Catalonia vowed to hold a referendum on independence next year, whether Spain allowed it or not.

Spain's stricken Socialist party hit by 'coup' attempt
Pedro Sanchez is under pressure to resign. Photo: AFP

Spain's Socialist party was hit by a "coup" attempt on Wednesday with half of its leadership quitting in a bid to oust leader Pedro Sanchez and unblock the country's political deadlock

British mother arrested for leaving child to party till dawn
The mother went clubbing until dawn leaving her seven-year-old alone at the hotel. Photo: AFP

A British mother has been arrested in Mallorca after leaving her child alone overnight in a hotel while she went clubbing till dawn.

Socialists in open warfare as ex-PM blasts Sanchez
Felipe Gonzalez has spoken out against Pedro Sanchez. Photo: AFP

"I feel frustrated... as if I had been tricked," said ex-PM Felipe Gonzalez of the current Socialist leader.

Lidl's €2.99 anti-aging cream comes out top in Spain again
The supermarket brand beat luxury jars. Photo: OCU.

A face-cream from Lidl supermarket costing just €2.99 has once again been found to be the most effective following research by Spain’s leading consumer organisation.

Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
National
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
International
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
National
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
National
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
International
Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
Travel
One dead and 14 injured in blast at Spanish resort
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
International
Game of Thrones want extras 'with muscles' to film in Spain
Thousands march in Madrid to push for bullfighting ban
Technology
Spanish team invents hands-free 'penis bidet'
National
In pics: Devastation caused by Costa Blanca wildfires
Society
Pregnant woman in niqab attacked by two men in Spain
National
Spanish café offers cut-price coffee to those with manners
Travel
What's on in Spain: September 2016
Travel
'We drank from animal troughs to survive'
National
Forest fires threaten Costa Blanca resort of Jávea
National
Loyal dog mounts vigil at hospital doors for sick owner
Politics
Five reasons why Spain's Socialists won't back Rajoy
National
It's a girl! Rare giant panda cub born in Madrid zoo
Culture
La Tomatina: Everything you need to know about epic fiesta
National
Shocking video shows torture of young calf during fiesta
Police launch appeal for Costa Blanca hit and run driver
Politics
What political deadlock? Spain economy forges ahead
3,230
jobs available