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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:48 pm 
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Despite his 75 years, Brother Miguel Pajares still a person "cheerful and committed" to helping the needy. So I remembered the ABC Monday Mutwanene sister Chantal, one of six people who remain isolated since last Friday in San Jose, Monrovia (Liberia) in the event that the hospital have been infected Ebola virus.

The religious, natural Iglesuela (Toledo) and hospital chaplain who runs the St John of God order, came the African contiente in the 60s. First was in Ghana and from 2007 he worked at St. Joseph Hospital, as director Spiritual and Pastoral responsible for the sick, told ABC José María Viadero, director of the NGO Juan City.

"Father Pajares has fever and no longer have a craving," said Sister Chantal, who recalled that the priest also suffers from heart problems. "The administration of serum is very delicate for his heart problems," said the nurse, 47-year-old from Equatorial Guinea.

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From Spain, peers and friends are concerned about the health of the religious. delegate Mission of the Diocese of Madrid, Father Jose Maria Calderon Castro told ABC that the last mail received Pajares brother three days ago.

"He told me that his brother Patrick (the director of the center died from the virus Ebola ) was very sick and they wanted to take Ghana to address it, "recalled the father Calderón.

Since then he has had no news of religious working in this hospital, founded by the Order of St John of God 50 years ago and has become a benchmark for health care in Liberia. According father said Calderon, the Spanish religious "had planned to return to Madrid next September. "

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Two Spanish monks remain isolated in Liberia with various symptoms of Ebola
The family of Miguel Pajares attempt to bring him to Spain if the test result is negative and does not have the disease
Europa Press | EFE August 4, 2014 20:12

The Ebola epidemic is starting to become a real headache for organizations worldwide. After an American caught in West Africa arrived on Saturday at Emory University Hospital in south of USA, many people have started to have all sorts of ways for the surprise is minimized.
Two recent cases detected affect precisely two Spaniards. Religious Miguel Pajares, 75 and Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God, and Sister Juliana of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception, African with Spanish nationality, are isolated along with other colleagues at the San José Hospital in Monrovia (Liberia) died Saturday where the center's director, Brother Patrick Nshamdze, because of the Ebola virus.
The NGO is awaiting the outcome of Ebola test is being done to isolated people, which blood has been drawn for this purpose today. The test takes a minimum of six hours to give the result, so that "likely" will be known tomorrow morning.
Brother Michael is ill with "high fever" and also for its high age also have heart problems, as indicated from the NGO Juan City, Hospitaller Order of St. John of God. The family of Miguel Pajares attempt to bring him to Spain if the test result of the disease that has been done today is negative. This was stated Efe his nephew Miguel Pajares, who lives in the small town of Toledo Iglesuela (five hundred inhabitants), which is natural to the religious of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God. His nephew said that if the test result is negative "will try to re-Spain", while if positive "will follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization." The family is 'very concerned' and looks uncertain outcome of the tests, explained.
The family is religious "almost continuous" contact with Juan City NGO, pointed the nephew of the priest, who said: "Everything is in the air, know how soon give us the result that depends on the means at their disposal in that country. "In this regard, he added: "the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God has been there, knows how to handle and is doing everything possible to bring him know as soon as possible and if possible".
Miguel Pajares has been working in Liberia and is "an example for the whole family, because he has dedicated his life to others', underlined his nephew, who hopes that the outcome is the best possible" so you can keep doing it. ""It's a risk we have to help others. He has dedicated his life to it with the bad luck that has reached an epidemic and has touched, "has told his nephew that, like the rest of the family, hopes the test result is negative.
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The hospital has been closed since last Friday and are isolated five religious and administrator. Besides Spanish, remain central to the brother of San Juan de Dios George, two other Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception, Chantal and Patience, and Hospital Administrator, Eugene, Ghanaian nationality.
The Government is taking patients who test positive for a center on the outskirts of Monrovia, but being the San José Hospital in Monrovia closed, they have asked if they have the virus because there is no transfer center volunteer staff willing to assist you. For now, the religious are receiving symptomatic treatment. In addition, the NGO on Friday sent two planeloads of hospital materials for the protection and privacy of health workers, who are coming in this week. According to the organization, only the Ministry of Health staff can access the center, although so far it has not, so they are "very worried" about this situation.
The NGO team Juan City shows support for the family of the deceased, Patrick Nshamdze and the Brothers of St. John of God Hospital and peers who are living these "difficult times."

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The Spanish religious of the Brothers of St. John of God Miguel Pajares , 75, has tested positive for the Ebola , as confirmed by the NGO Juan City through their website. They have also tested positive for the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Pascaline Mutwamene Chantal and Paciencia Melgar .

"Juan City ONGD communicates the situation at St. Joseph Hospital in Monrovia where six people isolated since last Friday August 1st is serious they are," says the NGO in a statement.

The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God has communicated this information to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Health in Spain, which "will start the repatriation protocol" and has insisted that contagion risks are "very low " .

Brother Pajares, along with six other colleagues-including religious with Spanish nationality, remain isolated in the San José Hospital in Liberia since last Friday. In this hospital died last Saturday its director, Patrick Nshamdze brother, having contracted Ebola. The hospital is closed since.

Pajares working in Liberia. (EFE)Pajares working in Liberia. (EFE)


This Tuesday, a spokesman for the organization explained that the brother Pajares and sister Chantal with which they have spoken on the phone, "not well" and Pajares is resting because it is "very weak and feverish" .

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The Government is taking patients who test positive for a center on the outskirts of Monrovia, but being the San José Hospital in Monrovia closed, they have asked if they have the virus can not move because there volunteer center staff willing to assist you.

For now, the religious are receiving symptomatic treatment. In addition, the NGO sent two planeloads Friday with hospital materials for the protection and privacy of health workers, who are coming in this week.

The Spanish colony in Liberia is about 30 people, mostly religious and cooperating. As a result of the current crisis of Ebola fever, Foreign discouraged travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry .

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Spain is preparing to repatriate the Ebola infected priest
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Miguel Pajares, 75, a priest of the Order of San Juan de Dios and upper Catholic hospital in San Jose, Monrovia (Liberia), will be repatriated immediately after confirming it is the first Spanish infected with the Ebola virus among the 1,600 cases have been recorded since the outbreak erupted in March that has already become the deadliest in history. In addition to Liberia, the epidemic affects Sierra Leone and Nigeria, and has claimed nearly 900 deaths.

After the news , the Ministry of Health reported that the Government has enabled the procedure to repatriate the patient, "according to maximum security protocols of the World Health Organization," including a medicalized aircraft accompanied by specialized personnel and strong isolation measures.

An Airbus A310 medicalized 45 Group of the Air Force was ready to take off from five this morning from the base of Torrejón to go in search of Pajares, reports Miguel Gonzalez. The order was given by Defence Minister Peter Morenés, after representatives of the ministry of Health and Home Affairs and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation mantuviesen a meeting by videoconference in coordination with European Civil Protection. Foreign sources indicated to this newspaper that were waiting to decisions of Health.

Sources Madrid stated that among the options that are managed to move and treat the religious figure Hospital La Paz, Emilio de Benito reports.

The Juan City Foundation NGO, who serves as spokesman for the order which includes the priest, who was issued the contagion from the information received from the Ministry of Health of Liberia, who has practiced the analysis.

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Pajares, born in Iglesuela (Toledo) is weak, and isolated fever since last Friday along with five other people in the hospital in Monrovia, which has been closed since then. The treatment you get is basically limited to paracetamol to control its temperature and fluids to combat dehydration. Two other religious quarantine-sharing missionary of the Immaculate Conception Pascaline Mutwamene Chantal, Congolese, and Paciencia Melgar, Equatorial Guinea are also infected.

The situation of the six people who remain in hospital facilities "serious", the statement of the NGO. Along with the three infected in the hospital are Juliana Bohi, Equatorial Guinean Spanish religious origin; George Combey, a Ghanaian priest and hospital administrator.

Pajares attended the hospital director, Patrick Nshamdze Cameroon , on Saturday died of Ebola. A first screening pathogen practiced his partner were negative, so the religious continued feeding and caring for Nshamdze, who eventually was diagnosed with the disease. Now is Pajares who faces the pathogen, which is spread by contact with body fluids of patients, such as sweat or blood.

Confirmed infection, efforts by the Toledo priest have been oriented in two directions, according to a spokesman Juan City Foundation. The first is to repatriate Miguel Pajares to be treated in Spain, which will occur immediately.

The intent of the Order of St John of God is also moved to Spain to both infected nuns, and the request for urgent repatriation of Pajares moved Tuesday to the NGO Affairs also refers explicitly to both. "This is part of the efforts we are making," said a spokesman for the foundation. "It would be cruel to separate them, are part of the same community for years," he added. Health is not manifested in this regard.

But there was a second issue to address. Before submitting the return you had to avoid the immediate transfer of infected-like mark protocol local-to performance isolation center has provided the Ministry of Health of Liberia in Elwa, outside Monrovia, where cases are concentrated area. "In the hospital there is a specific place to keep the isolation and also there are staff who can care for them," explained from the NGO.

The goal of all these efforts was the desire to meet Pajares. "I'd go back because we have very bad experience of what has happened here. We are abandoned and do not satisfy us. We want to go to Spain and to treat us as people, as God intended, "said Tuesday the agency Efe Defense before knowing that a plane was preparing to move. "We want to be reached with a solution for us to Spain," he said, "though I know it is very complicated because it would have to charter a plane and it's not easy." Her voice was breathy and weak: "I'm really bad. I am unable to lift my head. "

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Ebola: Nigerian nurse killed by virus as suspected Saudi patient dies
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Published Wednesday, Aug. 06 2014, 8:41 AM EDT
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A Nigerian nurse has died of Ebola and the country has five other confirmed cases of the disease, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Wednesday.

The nurse had treated a man who flew into Lagos and later died of Ebola last month, Chukwu said in a statement handed to reporters in Abuja, the capital.

He said the five confirmed Ebola patients are being treated in isolation in Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city, with 21 million people. Chukwu said officials are setting up an emergency centre in Lagos to deal with Ebola which will be “fully functional” Thursday.

NIGERIA: NURSE DIES, MORE CASES CONFIRMED

A Saudi Arabian man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said.

Saudi authorities and international laboratories certified by the World Health Organization are testing samples from the man for Ebola and other diseases after he showed symptoms of viral haemorrhagic fever, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said it was working to trace the man’s route of travel and identify people he was in contact with.

The kingdom has suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries to counter the further possible spread of the disease.

SPAIN: PLANS TO EVACUATE INFECTED PRIEST FROM LIBERIA

Spain’s Defence Ministry said a medically-equipped Airbus 310 is ready to fly to Liberia to repatriate a Spanish missionary priest who has Ebola. The ministry said Wednesday preparations for the flight are being finalized but it is not yet known at what time the plane would take off.

The priest, Miguel Pajares, is one of three missionaries being kept in isolation at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia who has tested positive for the virus, Spain’s San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Catholic humanitarian group that runs hospitals around the world, said Tuesday.

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Nigerian Nurse Who Treated Ebola Patient Dies Of The Disease
AP | By BASHIR ADIGUN and KRISTA LARSON
Posted: 08/06/2014 8:19 am EDT Updated: 11 minutes ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian nurse who treated a man with Ebola is now dead and five other people are sick with one of the world's most virulent diseases after coming into contact with him, the country's health minister said Wednesday.

The growing number of cases in Lagos, a megacity of some 21 million people, comes as authorities acknowledge they did not treat Patrick Sawyer as an Ebola patient and isolate him for the first 24 hours after his arrival in Nigeria last month. Sawyer, a 40-year-old American of Liberian descent with a wife and three young daughters in Minnesota, was traveling on a business flight to Nigeria when he fell ill.

The death of the unidentified nurse marks the second Ebola death in Nigeria, and is a very worrisome development since it is the Africa's most populous country and Lagos, where the deaths occurred, one of its biggest cities.


Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says a man who was being tested for the Ebola virus and has died. The 40-year-old returned on Sunday from Sierra Leone, where there has been an Ebola outbreak, and was then hospitalized in Jiddah after showing symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever.

Spain's Defense Ministry said a medically-equipped Airbus 310 is ready to fly to Liberia to repatriate a Spanish missionary priest who has Ebola. The ministry said Wednesday preparations for the flight are being finalized but it is not yet known at what time the plane would take off.

The priest, Miguel Pajares, is one of three missionaries being kept in isolation at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia who has tested positive for the virus, Spain's San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Catholic humanitarian group that runs hospitals around the world, said Tuesday.

Ebola, which has no proven vaccine or treatment, has killed nearly 900 people this year in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria and health officials in many countries are struggling to halt its spread.

Health experts say those medical workers in Nigeria now infected from Sawyer would not have been contagious to their neighbors or family members until they started showing symptoms of their own. The delay in enforcing infection control measures, though, is another setback in the battle to stamp out the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

The specter of the virus spreading through Nigeria is particularly alarming, said David Morse, an epidemiology professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

"It makes you nervous when so many people are potentially at risk," he said.

Lagos is a bewildering combination of wealth and abject poverty, awash in luxury SUVs and decrepit buses alike that carry passengers through hours of crowded traffic on the bridges linking the city's islands to the mainland.

Ebola can only be transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick — blood, semen, saliva, urine, feces or sweat. Millions live in cramped conditions without access to flushable toilets, and signs posted across the megacity tell people not to urinate in public.

Authorities in Liberia said Sawyer's sister had recently died of Ebola, though Sawyer said he had not had close contact with her while she was ill.

In announcing his death, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu maintained that Nigerian officials had been vigilant.

"It was right there (at the airport) that the problem was noticed because we have maintained our surveillance," he told reporters. "And immediately, he went into the custody of the port health services of the federal ministry of health so there was no time for him to mingle in Lagos. He has not been in touch with any other person again since we took him from the airport."

On Tuesday, the Lagos state health commissioner said, however, that they did not suspect Ebola immediately and it was only after about 24 hours in the hospital that they identified him as a possible Ebola case.

Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris said Tuesday that the nature of his disease "was not known" the first day.

"They went back to the history and they were like 'Oh, this is Liberia,' and that's why he was put into isolation," he told reporters. "So even in that window period it was possible that some of these people got infected."

Sawyer, who had a fever and was vomiting, was coming from the infected country of Liberia but had a layover in Togo. As a result, officials may not have initially known his original destination.

Experts say people infected with Ebola can spread the disease only through their bodily fluids and after they show symptoms. Since the incubation period can last up to three weeks, some of the Nigerians who treated Sawyer are only now showing signs of illness that can mimic many common tropical illnesses — fever, muscle aches and vomiting.

The national health minister on Wednesday said special tents would be used to speed up the establishment of isolation wards in all of Nigeria's states. Authorities also were setting up an emergency center to deal with Ebola that would be "fully functional" by Thursday.

"We are embarking on recruiting additional health personnel to strengthen the team who are currently managing the situation in Lagos," said his statement.

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Larson reported from Dakar, Senegal. Associated Press writers Maram Mazen in Lagos, Nigeria and Mike Stobbe in New York contributed to this report.

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MADRID (AP) — Spain has sent a medically-equipped jet to Liberia to bring home a Spanish missionary priest who has tested positive for the Ebola virus, officials said Wednesday.

The priest, Miguel Pajares, will be treated at a hospital in Madrid after he arrives but public health general director Mercedes Vinuesa did not tell reporters which one.

Parajes was helping to treat people infected with Ebola and is one of three who tested positive at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia.

All work for the San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Catholic humanitarian group that runs hospitals around the world.

The other two infected aid workers were identified as Chantal Pascaline Mutwamene of Congo and Paciencia Melgar from Equatorial Guinea. Three other missionaries working at the hospital tested negative.

Vinuesa said the Defense Ministry Airbus 310 that will transport Pajares has medical equipment on board to treat more people if needed.

It's the first time that someone infected with Ebola will be treated in Spain. Vinuesa downplayed possible public health risk concerns during a press conference.

"The (safety) protocols we will use guarantee minimum risk," she said.

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(Reuters) - Liberia shut a major hospital in the capital Monrovia on Wednesday after a Spanish priest and six other staff contracted Ebola, as the death toll from the worst outbreak of the disease hit 932 in West Africa.

The outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever has overwhelmed rudimentary healthcare systems and prompted the deployment of troops to quarantine the worst-hit areas in the remote border region of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 45 new deaths in the three days to August 4, and its experts began an emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" and to discuss new measures to contain the outbreak.

International alarm at the spread of the disease increased when a U.S. citizen died in Nigeria late last month after flying there from Liberia. The health minister said on Wednesday that a Nigerian nurse who had treated the deceased Patrick Sawyer had herself died of Ebola, and five other people were being treated in an isolation ward in Lagos, Africa's largest city.

In Saudi Arabia, a man suspected of contracting Ebola during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone also died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said. Saudi Arabia has already suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries, which could prevent those hoping to visit Mecca for the Haj in early October.

Liberia, where the death toll is rising fastest, is struggling to cope. Many residents are panicking, in some cases casting out the bodies of family members onto the streets of Monrovia to avoid quarantine measures.

Beneath heavy rain, ambulance sirens wailed through the otherwise quiet streets of Monrovia on Wednesday as residents heeded a government request to stay at home for three days of fasting and prayers.

"Everyone is afraid of Ebola. You cannot tell who has Ebola or not. Ebola is not like a cut mark that you can see and run," said Sarah Wehyee as she stocked up on food at the local market in Paynesville, an eastern suburb of Monrovia.

St. Joseph's Catholic hospital was shut down after the Cameroonian hospital director died from Ebola, authorities said. Six staff subsequently tested positive for the disease, including two nuns and 75-year old Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, who is due to be repatriated by a special medical aircraft on Wednesday.

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Spain's health ministry denied that one of the nuns - born in Equatorial Guinea but holding Spanish nationality - had tested positive for Ebola. The other nun is Congolese.

"We hope they can evacuate us. It would be marvelous, because we know that, if they take us to Spain, at least we will be in good hands," Pajares told CNN in Spanish this week.

Healthcare workers are in the front line of fighting the virus, and two U.S. health workers from Christian medical charity Samaritan's Purse caught the virus in Monrovia and are now receiving treatment in an Atlanta hospital.

The two saw their conditions improve by varying degrees in Liberia after they received an experimental drug, a representative for the charity said.

Three of the world's leading Ebola specialists urged the WHO to offer people in West Africa the chance to take experimental drugs, too, but the agency said it "would not recommend any drug that has not gone through the normal process of licensing and clinical trials".

Highly contagious, Ebola kills more than half of the people who contract it. Victims suffer from fever, vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding.

Many regular hospitals and clinics have been forced to close across Liberia, often because health workers are too afraid of contracting the virus themselves or because of abuse by locals who think the disease is a government conspiracy.

In an effort to control the disease's spread, Liberia has deployed the army to implement controls and isolate severely affected communities, an operation codenamed "White Shield".

The information ministry said on Wednesday that soldiers were being deployed to the isolated, rural counties of Lofa, Bong, Cape Mount and Bomi to set up checkpoints and implement tracing measures on residents suspected of coming into contact with victims.

Neighboring Sierra Leone said it has implemented new restrictions at the airport and that it was asking passengers to fill in forms and take a temperature test.

Some major airlines, such as British Airways and Emirates, have halted flights to affected countries, while many expatriates were getting out, government officials said.

"We've seen international workers leaving the country in numbers," Liberia's Finance Minister Amara Konneh told Reuters.

Greece advised its citizens on Wednesday against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria and said it would take extra measures at its entry ports.

(Additional reporting by Clair MacDougall in Monrovia, Emma Farge and Daniel Flynn in Dakar, Tim Cocks in Lagos, Paul Day in Madrid and Tom Miles in Geneva; Writing by Emma Farge and Daniel Flynn, editing by Peter Millership and Will Waterman)

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Ebola death toll hits 932 as Saudi man being tested dies
Nigerian nurse is the second to die of the disease in that country, as fears mount about further spread of deadly virus
August 6, 2014 9:30AM ET

Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says a man who was being tested for the Ebola virus and was in critical condition in an isolation ward has died.

The Health Ministry said the Saudi man, who tested negative for dengue fever, died Wednesday morning in a hospital in the western city of Jiddah. The ministry has submitted samples from the man to an international reference lab to test for Ebola.

The 40-year-old man was hospitalized after showing symptoms of a viral hemorrhagic fever following a recent trip to Sierra Leone, one of the West African countries where an outbreak of Ebola has sickened about 1,500 people.

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The World Health Organization said Wednesday that the death toll from the epidemic in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria has reached 932. The West African outbreak is the worst Ebola epidemic ever recorded. There is no known cure or vaccine for the virus, symptoms of which include vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding.

A Nigerian nurse is the second person to die of the disease in that country, officials reported Wednesday. Five other Nigerians have been confirmed to be infected.

The nurse, who died in Nigeria's largest city of Lagos, had treated a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, who flew into Lagos last month and later died of Ebola, Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said, according to a statement.

The five people with the disease had direct contact with Sawyer. Authorities are now following up with others who had contact with him to see if they are showing Ebola symptoms.

Chukwu said the five confirmed Ebola patients are being treated in isolation in Lagos, also sub-Saharan Africa's largest city with 21 million people. The death of the unidentified nurse is a particularly worrisome development because of Lagos's population size.

Saudi Arabia announced earlier this year that it would not issue pilgrimage visas from West African countries to counter any further spread of the disease.

Different types of viral hemorrhagic fevers have been found in the kingdom, but the ministry says no case of Ebola has ever been detected there.

Meanwhile, Spain's Defense Ministry said a medically-equipped Airbus 310 is ready to fly to Liberia to repatriate a Spanish missionary priest who has also tested positive for the Ebola virus. The ministry said Wednesday preparations for the flight are being finalized but it is not yet known at what time the plane would take off.

The Spanish missionary's evacuation follows the evacuation this week of two infected American health care workers from Liberia for treatment in an isolation unit in Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

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Spanish missionary repatriated after contracting Ebola
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A Spanish air force plane departed Wednesday for Liberia to fly home a 75-year-old Spanish missionary infected with Ebola, the first patient to be returned to Europe in a fast-spreading outbreak of the deadly disease.

The military Airbus A310, equipped overnight for a medical evacuation, took off for the west African country from Madrid's Torrejon military air base at around 1:30pm (1130 GMT), the defence ministry said in a Twitter message.

Miguel Pajares, a Roman Catholic priest, tested positive for Ebola at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Monrovia where he was employed, according to the Spanish aid organisation he works for, Juan Ciudad ONGD.

The outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic fever has overwhelmed rudimentary healthcare systems and prompted the deployment of troops to quarantine the worst-hit areas in the remote border region of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 45 new deaths in the three days to August 4, and its experts began an emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" and to discuss new measures to prevent it from spreading.

At least 932 dead

International alarm at the spread of the disease increased when a US citizen died in Nigeria late last month after flying there from Liberia. The health minister said on Wednesday that a Nigerian nurse who had treated the deceased Patrick Sawyer had herself died of Ebola, and five other people were being treated in an isolation ward in Lagos, Africa's largest city.

In Saudi Arabia, a man suspected of contracting Ebola during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone also died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said. Saudi Arabia has already suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries, which could prevent those hoping to visit Mecca for the Haj in early October.

Since breaking out earlier this year, the disease has claimed 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people across West Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

Other cases have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The Spanish priest will be the first person infected in the African outbreak to be repatriated to Europe for treatment.

Two Americans who worked for Christian aid agencies in Liberia and were infected with Ebola while taking care of patients in Monrovia were brought back to the United States for treatment in recent days.

The Spanish patient, who has worked in Liberia for more than five decades, welcomed the news that he would be repatriated.

"This news has lifted my spirits, it is great, I am very happy. It is worth fighting on," he told the online edition of daily Spanish newspaper ABC by telephone.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)


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