Spanish priest with Ebola to be repatriated

A 75-year-old Spanish priest suffering from the Ebola virus will be repatriated from the hospital in Liberia where he is currently in isolation, Spanish authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

Spanish priest with Ebola to be repatriated
People in the closed Red Light market in Monrovia where offices and shops were closed as part of a disinfection campaign against the epidemic of the haemorrhagic fever Ebola on August 1st. Photo: Zoom

Miguel Pajares will be repatriated in an army Airbus A310 with a medical team on hand, Spain's El País reported.

The aircraft was expected to take off from Spain's Torrejón airbase at 5am on Wednesday morning, but is now expected to depart at midday.

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Pajares will be treated at Madrid's La Paz hospital on his return to Spain, El Mundo newspaper reported.

The priest, currently in isolation at the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God hospital in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, was confirmed as having the Ebola virus on Tuesday.

The priest came down with Ebola virus after visiting the director of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God hospital, who has since died of the disease.

He has been described as "very weak" and in very poor spirits, by Spanish media outlets.

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

The US is stepping up efforts to fight an outbreak which has claimed more than 800 lives on the continent and which has a mortality rate of 50 to 90 percent.

No specific treatment regime exists.

Sierra Leone deployed troops to guard quarantined Ebola patients on Tuesday as Saudi Arabia's first suspected case sparked fears of a possible global spread and British Airways cancelled flights to two west African countries.

A presidential aide in Sierra Leone told news agency AFP the soldiers would "deter relatives and friends of Ebola patients from forcefully taking them from hospitals without medical consent".

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