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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:39 pm 
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An Airbus A310 of 45 Army Group Air medicalized departed shortly before 13:30 h, around noon Wednesday from the airbase of Torrejon de Ardoz (Madrid) bound to repatriate to Liberia Spanish religious Miguel Pajares, 75, infected by virus Ebola . By 18:30 Spanish time, the plane arrived in the Liberian capital.

The appliance is equipped with all the safety measures according to the protocols that marks the World Health Organization (WHO) . It will specialize in military and medical personnel. The Spanish Air Force has two Airbus A310 which are normally used to transport government officials and the royal family, but are also required for relief of troops. The priest remains isolated at St. Joseph hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, along with five others of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God (OHSJD) after confirming with the disease. Repatriation, as sources said the Ministry of Health, who explained that the risks of contagion are "very low" - will be in accordance with the maximum security protocols established by the World Health Organization ( WHO ). On Tuesday, after the diagnosis was made ​​public, the religious order called for the repatriation of the Spanish , it was decided at a meeting which involved the ministries of Health, Defence and Interior, and which was also attended by representatives of the Spanish Agency International Cooperation for Development (AECID). Repatriation shall be in accordance with the maximum safety protocols set by WHO Pajares, Toledo, and 75 years, remains isolated since last Friday in that hospital closed after the death of its director, Patrick Nshamdzea brother, whom the Spanish religious cared. The organization Juan City NGOs, that is reporting the situation of religious affected also reported to have tested positive for the Ebola virus test of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Pascaline Mutwamene Chantal (Congolese) and Paciencia Melgar (Guinea) and that the situation of six isolated is "serious" . On the contrary, it has been ruled that Sister Juliana Bohi , of Guinean origin and Spanish passport, present the characteristic symptoms of Ebola and his condition has improved. In addition to the two Spaniards, other religious are isolated two Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and the African hospital administrator Ghanaian nationality. Moreover, Sister Catherine, the same congregation of Spanish religious Miguel Pajares, has requested that all members move to the religious order found in Spanish. "We are asking out of here, it is true that he is Spanish but how they will take him and us going to leave us here, we will all die", said Catherine told COPE. 887 people killed At least 887 people have died as a result of the outbreak of Ebola affecting Africa West, according to a new balance released last Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and updated to August 1. It has been ruled that Sister Juliana Bohi, of Guinean origin and Spanish passport, present symptoms The international agency reported that 1,603 people have contracted the disease from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria . 729 total deaths from this virus hemorrhagic registered since March in several African countries, Guinea Conakry were 339 (the most affected country ), 233 156 in Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO). Nigeria has recorded only one death, a citizen of U.S. citizenship and Liberian government official who died after reaching Lagos. WHO figure four the number of cases in this country, of which three have been listed as probable and one suspected. However, the balance of the UN agency would have been outdated with information also provided Monday by the Government of Nigeria, which has confirmed that one of the doctors who treated the deceased first tested positive for the virus. Spain discouraged travel The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation discouraged travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea under any circumstances due to the significant increase in the incidence of Ebola plaguing West Africa and recommends to the Spanish found in the country to avoid commuting to particularly affected areas and take precautions. The most affected country remains Guinea, with 385 deaths The Ministry led by José Manuel García-Margallo has again updated the recommendations disseminated through its website (www.maec.es) against Ebola outbreak that ha

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:57 pm 
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Madrid hospital prepared to receive Ebola patient

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 19:27

Madrid hospital prepared to receive Ebola patient
Madrid’s Carlos III hospital is preparing to treat Miguel Pajares, the Spanish priest infected with the Ebola virus.

Pajares, aged 75, is currently under quarantine in Monrovia, the Ebola-afflicted capital of Liberia, where he had been carrying out missionary work. He will soon be returned to Spain in a medically-equipped aeroplane, which took off from Madrid earlier today.

A press conference led by the Director General for Public Health, Mercedes Vinuesa, resulted in more questions than answers, as she refused to confirm any of the facts, only asserting that measures were in place to ensure the total security of all health workers involved in treating the virus.

According to sources present at a meeting of the hospital’s management however, the sixth floor has been cleared, and rooms under special quarantine measures are reported to have been made ready for the arrival of Pajares and other members of his mission.

It remains to be seen whether Juliana Bohi, the nun who was quarantined with Pajares in Liberia will also accompany him back to Spain. She has shown symptoms of the Ebola virus, although tests have so far proven negative.

Pajares, originally from Toledo, is the first confirmed Spanish victim of an Ebola epidemic which has swept through the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, resulting in 1,600 registered cases and 932 reported deaths.

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(CNN) -- Health officials in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday reported deaths of citizens they suspect were infected with Ebola, and Spain said it will accept a patient from the West African outbreak, adding to concerns about the spread of the deadly virus.

Nigeria reported that a nurse died after treating someone believed to have contracted Ebola in Liberia, and Saudi Arabia reported that a man died, apparently of the virus, after a trip to Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization did not immediately confirm the deaths.

A Spanish priest who contracted the disease in Liberia will be flown to Madrid and become the Europe's first patient from this outbreak, according to the Spanish government.

WHO said Wednesday that 932 deaths had been reported or confirmed as a result of Ebola through Monday. That number -- up from 887 reported just two days ago -- does not include the latest death in Nigeria or the death in Saudi Arabia.

Nearly all of those deaths have been in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, where more than 1,700 cases have been reported, according to WHO. The agency said 108 new cases were reported between Saturday and Monday in those countries and Nigeria.

The nurse in Nigeria had helped care for a Liberian-American man (Patrick Sawyer) who had died in Nigeria after traveling there from Liberia, Nigeria's Ministry of Health said Wednesday.

Nigeria has confirmed another five cases of Ebola, the Health Ministry said.

The Saudi man died Wednesday at a specialized hospital in Jeddah, the Saudi Ministry of Health said.
He had been in intensive care since late Monday "after exhibiting symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever following a business trip to Sierra Leone," the ministry said in a statement.

Spain's Ministry of Defense is using a medically equipped Airbus A310 to bring Brother Miguel Pajares to Madrid, where he will be treated at Madrid's La Paz hospital, Spanish officials said.

In the United States, two patients are being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta: American doctor Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who had been in Liberia. Emory is one of four U.S. institutions capable of providing such treatment.

Is experimental drug helping?
Both Brantly and Writebol have been given the experimental drug ZMapp, which had not been tested on humans nor has it undergone any clinical trials.

Doctors say say it's too early to tell if ZMapp is effective or if the two American patients are improving due to the standard treatment for Ebola.

The Centers for Disease control and prevention says it's not likely the drug will become available for patients in West Africa.

"The product is still in an experimental stage, and the manufacturer reports that there is a very limited supply, so it cannot be purchased and is not available for general use," the CDC said.

The World Health Organization will convene a medical ethics panel early next week to answer questions about whom should receive ZMapp, given that it is in limited supply.

"We have a disease with a high fatality rate without any proven treatment or vaccine," said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general at WHO.

"We need to ask the medical ethicists to give us guidance on what the responsible thing to do is," she said.

'Most complex Ebola outbreak'
"This is the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement.
"It will take many months, and it won't be easy, but Ebola can be stopped," he said. "We know what needs to be done."

The United States is planning to send 50 health experts to West Africa to help contain the outbreak, which President Barack Obama addressed in remarks Wednesday, saying citizens of the affected countries are in Americans' thoughts and prayers.

The United States stands "with the people of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia," Obama said during the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

Frieden said the 50 experts from the CDC will work to combat the outbreak and help implement stronger systems to fight the disease.

The Ebola virus causes viral hemorrhagic fever, which affects multiple organ systems in the body and is often accompanied by bleeding.

Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat. They later progress to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function -- and sometimes internal and external bleeding.

5 reasons not to panic about Ebola in the U.S.
Ebola spreads through contact with organs and bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, urine and other secretions of infected people. It has no known cure. The most common treatment requires supporting organ functions and maintaining bodily fluids such as blood and water long enough for the body to fight off the infection.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:59 pm 
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Ebola outbreak: Spain to accept Europe’s first confirmed case of the virus
Miguel Pajares, 75, a Spanish missionary priest working at a hospital in the West African country, will be taken to Spain by a military jet
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6:38PM BST 06 Aug 2014

Spain has been preparing to accept Europe’s first confirmed case of the Ebola virus.
A medically-equipped military jet has been sent to Liberia to repatriate Miguel Pajares, 75, a Spanish missionary priest working at a hospital in the West African country.

The priest was one of three missionaries to test positive for the virus at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

Brother Pajares and his two fellow workers, Chantal Pascaline Mutwamene of Congo and Paciencia Melgar from Equatorial Guinea, belong to the Hospital Order of San Juan de Dios, a Catholic humanitarian group that runs hospitals around the world, and had been helping to treat patients infected with the virus.

They had been in quarantine since Saturday along with two others – who have since tested negative - following the death of the hospital’s director, Brother Patrick Nshamdze.
The priest was due to arrive back in Madrid in the early hours of this morning and would be immediately transferred to the capital’s Carlos III hospital where an isolation ward had been set up in preparation.
The priest, who has spent five decades working as a missionary in Liberia, will be treated by only two medical professionals in a bid to contain the risk of virus spreading.
“The safety protocols we will use guarantee minimum risk,” said Mercedes Vinuesa Sebastian, the director general of public health in Spain.

On hearing that he would be repatriated, the Spanish priest told Spain’s ABC newspaper by telephone: "This news has lifted my spirits, it is great. I am very happy. It is worth fighting on.”
It will be the first time a confirmed case of Ebola is to be treated on European soil.
The total death toll from the Ebola outbreak climbed to 932 in four West African countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) which said another 45 patients had died between Aug 2-4.
The number of suspected, probable or confirmed cases rose by 108 over the same period to a total of 1,711 since the start of the outbreak earlier this year. Most of the newly reported deaths were in Liberia while the number of cases in Nigeria climbed from 4 to 9.
On Wednesday, a Nigerian nurse became the second confirmed victim to die of the virus in Lagos. She had treated the first victim who died in July.
Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia, officials confirmed a man who was being tested for the Ebola virus has died. The 40-year-old was hospitalised after showing symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever after returning from Sierra Leone on Sunday but it has not been confirmed as Ebola.
The second American aid worker infected with the virus arrived back in the US on Tuesday and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Her fellow medical missionary, Dr Kent Brantly, was admitted to the same facility on Sunday.
An experimental serum treatment on the US missionaries raised hopes of an effective treatment after doctors reported a “miraculous” improvement in the health of Dr Brantly.
Ebola can only be transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone carrying the virus, but the incubation period can last up to three weeks.
There is no proven vaccine or treatment but WHO said it would convene a meeting of medical ethics experts early next week to consider the implications of making experimental treatments more widely available.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:11 am 
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Spanish Ebola patient stable in Madrid hospital
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MADRID, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The first European infected by a strain of Ebola that has killed more than 932 people in West Africa, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, was stable in a Madrid hospital on Thursday after being airlifted from Liberia, health authorities said.

Pajares, 75, was working for a non-governmental organisation in Liberia and was repatriated along with his co-worker Juliana Bohi, a nun who has tested negative for the disease.

Liberia has declared a state of emergency over the crisis.

"The patients have arrived well, though a little disoriented. They are both now in quarantine," Madrid health official Javier Rodriguez told a news conference.

The medical plane flown out to Liberia to bring Pajares and Bohi back to Spain touched ground at a military base in Madrid at 0600 GMT before the two were escorted by police motorbikes and cars to the Carlos III hospital.

The hospital has cleared the entire sixth floor to treat the two patients, the health union said.

Highly contagious, Ebola, which has no known cure, kills more than half of the people who contract it. Victims suffer from fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and internal and external bleeding. (Reporting by Rodrigo de Miguel; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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The first patient with Ebola to be repatriated to Europe arrived Thursday in Spain for treatment, while the epidemic is gaining force in West Africa where Liberia has declared a state of emergency and doctors hospitals in Nigeria have suspended a long strike.

The most serious in the history of the hemorrhagic fever since its appearance in 1976 Ebola outbreak, has made more than 930 dead, most of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and another two in Nigeria.

The plane carrying a Spanish missionary of 75 years, Miguel Pajares Martin, have the virus with a very high mortality rate and against which there is no vaccine, landed at 8:15 am local time (2:15 pm Montreal time) on the air base Torrejon de Ardoz, near Madrid, from Liberia, said the Spanish Ministry of Defense.

Another missionary holds a Spanish passport was also on board the Airbus A310 military hospital. Juliana Bonoha Bohé, who worked in Liberia in the same hospital as Miguel Pajares Martin, has not been detected with the virus.

"If confirmed, she will leave the hospital," said Thursday during a press conference in charge of the health of the region of Madrid Francisco Javier Rodriguez.

He added that the priest was "in stable condition, feverish, but not bleeding" and religious "in a very good condition."

"When we arrived (in Liberia), it was an odyssey. The means for transportation of patients were not suitable, so we had to cover them with special combinations, "Cope told the radio Lieutenant Colonel who led Galo repatriation.

Arriving in Madrid, both patients "were taken to hospital in a capsule" special sealed in two ambulances whose drivers wore suits equipped with ventilated breathing.

"They are insulated for the safety of other patients hour from other people," said Francisco Javier Rodriguez.

A still experimental treatment

The operation took place under maximum security conditions, has carried out its Director of Health Vinuesa Mercedes.

"We have received requests for information from other countries, such as France," interested in the protocol applied, has she added.

This is to avoid any risk of contagion of the virus that is spread through direct contact with body fluids such as blood or sweat of patients with symptoms.

Unlike in Nigeria, where two patients died and asked to send an American experimental treatment that appear to work well on both American patients recently repatriated, Spain remains cautious.

"We have no knowledge of the scientific evidence for the efficacy of this serum. Obviously, if the serum is effective, the Spanish government will take contacts to use this treatment, "said the press the director general of health in the region of Madrid, Antonio Alemany.

Asked about whether to send this treatment in Africa, President Barack Obama is himself remained reserved, saying it does not have "all the information to determine if it is effective."

For the first time since 2009, the American health authorities Wednesday focused their health alert to level 1, the highest, to better meet the Ebola outbreak, said Tom Skinner, spokesman for the health authorities.

Response to the epidemic that continues to spread, doctors in public hospitals in Nigeria on strike since July 1, said Thursday the suspension of their movement.

Besides the two dead, Ebola has infected five people in Lagos, the first city in the country with over 20 million people since it appeared there on July 20.

Liberia declared on the night of Wednesday to Thursday a state of emergency for 90 days, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf estimating that the epidemic "extraordinary measures required for the survival of the state."

The government had already taken a series of exceptional measures, including the setting forced leave for 30 days non-essential staff, closing schools and disinfection of public places, but failed to stop the virus.

To the point that Liberia as Sierra Leone, two of the three most affected countries with Guinea, called for prayer to implore divine protection.

Faced with growing concern, the emergency of international health WHO rules committee had met since Wednesday to determine if the outbreak was a "public health emergency of global reach."

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:46 pm 
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The center's director, Patrick Nshamdze Cameroon, died on August 2. Brother Patrick had received a negative result in the first test had been conducted on 18 July, and the 29th, when would be transferred Ghana, was forced to pass another test, which yielded a positive result. He died four days later.

Currently the hospital is closed and are isolated 5 religious - two of them Spanish nationality - and the manager and his wife. These two Brothers of St John of God - the Father Miguel Pajares (Spanish) and Brother George Combey (Ghana) - Three Sisters. Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception - Srs. Juliana Bonoha Bohé (of Spanish nationality), Chantal Mutwameme (Congolese) and Paciencia Melgar (Equatorial Guinea) - and the couple formed by the administrator, Eugene Osei-Wusu, and his wife, Gloria, both of Ghanaian nationality.

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Nun with Spanish missionaries dies of Ebola in Liberia: A Congolese nun who worked with Spanish Catholic missionaries in Liberia has died of Ebola, the charity she worked for said today in Madrid. Chantal Pascaline died early today “due to Ebola at the Hospital of Saint Joseph of Monrovia” in the Liberian capital, the Hospitaller Brothers of St John of God said in a statement. Pascaline worked with Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, who left Liberia on Thursday and returned to Spain to receive treatment after contracting Ebola. The Hospitaller Brothers are in charge of the NGO that runs the Liberian hospital where the priest and the nuns worked. Spanish health authorities said Thursday that the priest – the first Ebola victim in the fast-spreading outbreak to be evacuated to Europe – was in stable condition with no sign of bleeding. The hospital is not providing medical updates for the missionary, at his request.

A weakened Pajares arrived in Madrid aboard a special hospital plane along with 65-year-old Spanish nun Juliana Bonoha Bohe. The nun had been cleared of Ebola before leaving Liberia, but doctors at Madrid’s La Paz-Carlos III hospital repeated the blood test on Thursday and said they would do so again in four days. The Hospitaller Brothers asked Madrid on Tuesday to “urgently” repatriate Pajares, Bonoha Bohe, Pascaline, and a Guinean-born nun, Paciencia Melgar, who was also infected with the virus. But officials said they would evacuate only the Spanish nationals. -TAP

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Currently the hospital is closed and are isolated 5 religious - two of them Spanish nationality - and the manager and his wife. These two Brothers of St John of God - the Father Miguel Pajares (Spanish) and Brother George Combey (Ghana) - Three Sisters. Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception - Srs. Juliana Bonoha Bohé (of Spanish nationality), Chantal Mutwameme (Congolese) and Paciencia Melgar (Equatorial Guinea) - and the couple formed by the administrator, Eugene Osei-Wusu, and his wife, Gloria, both of Ghanaian nationality.


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A Spanish charity announced on Monday (Aug 11) a third member of staff at its hospital in Liberia has died of Ebola, saying it fears a lack of basic safety precautions let the virus spread through its team.

MADRID: A Spanish charity announced on Monday (Aug 11) a third member of staff at its hospital in Liberia has died of Ebola, saying it fears a lack of basic safety precautions let the virus spread through its team.

The charity's Ebola-struck hospital in the capital Monrovia has been shuttered, three of its personnel have now died and another, an elderly Spanish priest with Ebola, has been evacuated to Madrid for treatment.

The latest Ebola victim from the Saint Joseph's Catholic Hospital is Ghanaian priest George Combey, who died of the virus overnight, his Roman Catholic order said in a statement. "We wish to show our support to George Combey's family at this difficult time," said the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, which created the Juan Ciudad ONGD international aid group.

The haemorrhagic virus killed the hospital's director, Cameroon-born Patrick Nshamdze, on August 2 and a week later it claimed the life of a nun at the same hospital, Chantal Pascaline, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is not known exactly how the third victim contracted Ebola, said the order's spokeswoman, Adriana Castro. But a test had wrongly shown the first victim, the hospital director, to be free of Ebola before his death, the spokeswoman told AFP.

'DID NOT TAKE PRECAUTIONS'


"What we fear is that as Patrick's test showed negative, many of them relaxed," she added. "They probably did not carry on taking such strict safety measures such as not touching and all that because they were treating him. That may be when he was infected."

The evacuated priest, 75-year-old missionary Miguel Pajares who is in isolation at Madrid's Carlos III hospital for treatment with US experimental drug ZMapp, may have caught Ebola in the same way, she said.

"We don't know 100 percent but it is probable that is how Pajares was infected and possibly from Pajares the virus extended among people who were there," the spokeswoman said in an interview. "Until they knew they were positive with Ebola they did not take precautions," she said.

Ebola causes fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding, and can be fatal in 25 to 90 percent of cases, according to the WHO. The virus spreads by close contact with an infected person through bodily fluids such as sweat, blood and tissue.

The latest outbreak - which the WHO says is by far the worst since Ebola was discovered four decades ago - has killed around 55-60 percent of those infected.

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The Spanish religious order declined to comment on letters purportedly from Pajares describing his fear of Ebola and a lack of basic equipment to protect against its spread.

"Today, July 9 we had the first death from Ebola in our hospital. Many of us who work here, including me, were in contact with the deceased even though we did not have gloves to protect ourselves," the missionary was quoted as saying in one of several letters to friends and family quoted in Spanish daily El Mundo at the weekend. "It is painful but we have to be here. I compare it to war. But it is more dangerous. The enemy at home," said another letter.

The WHO issued advice in April to health care workers treating Ebola patients stressing that it is not always possible to identify infected patients. When within a metre of Ebola patients, healthcare workers should wear a face shield or a medical mask and goggles, a clean, non-sterile long-sleeved gown, and gloves, it said.

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Repatriate from Liberia to health workers who have had contact with cases of Ebola and are isolated

Currently the hospital is closed and are isolated 5 religious - two of them Spanish nationality - and the manager and his wife. These two Brothers of St John of God - the Father Miguel Pajares (Spanish) and Brother George Combey (Ghana) - Three Sisters. Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception - Srs. Juliana Bonoha Bohé (of Spanish nationality), Chantal Mutwameme (Congolese) and Paciencia Melgar (Equatorial Guinea) - and the couple formed by the administrator, Eugene Osei-Wusu, and his wife, Gloria, both of Ghanaian nationality.


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A Spanish charity announced on Monday (Aug 11) a third member of staff at its hospital in Liberia has died of Ebola, saying it fears a lack of basic safety precautions let the virus spread through its team.

MADRID: A Spanish charity announced on Monday (Aug 11) a third member of staff at its hospital in Liberia has died of Ebola, saying it fears a lack of basic safety precautions let the virus spread through its team.

The charity's Ebola-struck hospital in the capital Monrovia has been shuttered, three of its personnel have now died and another, an elderly Spanish priest with Ebola, has been evacuated to Madrid for treatment.

The latest Ebola victim from the Saint Joseph's Catholic Hospital is Ghanaian priest George Combey, who died of the virus overnight, his Roman Catholic order said in a statement. "We wish to show our support to George Combey's family at this difficult time," said the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, which created the Juan Ciudad ONGD international aid group.

The haemorrhagic virus killed the hospital's director, Cameroon-born Patrick Nshamdze, on August 2 and a week later it claimed the life of a nun at the same hospital, Chantal Pascaline, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is not known exactly how the third victim contracted Ebola, said the order's spokeswoman, Adriana Castro. But a test had wrongly shown the first victim, the hospital director, to be free of Ebola before his death, the spokeswoman told AFP.

'DID NOT TAKE PRECAUTIONS'


"What we fear is that as Patrick's test showed negative, many of them relaxed," she added. "They probably did not carry on taking such strict safety measures such as not touching and all that because they were treating him. That may be when he was infected."

The evacuated priest, 75-year-old missionary Miguel Pajares who is in isolation at Madrid's Carlos III hospital for treatment with US experimental drug ZMapp, may have caught Ebola in the same way, she said.

"We don't know 100 percent but it is probable that is how Pajares was infected and possibly from Pajares the virus extended among people who were there," the spokeswoman said in an interview. "Until they knew they were positive with Ebola they did not take precautions," she said.

Ebola causes fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding, and can be fatal in 25 to 90 percent of cases, according to the WHO. The virus spreads by close contact with an infected person through bodily fluids such as sweat, blood and tissue.

The latest outbreak - which the WHO says is by far the worst since Ebola was discovered four decades ago - has killed around 55-60 percent of those infected.

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The Spanish religious order declined to comment on letters purportedly from Pajares describing his fear of Ebola and a lack of basic equipment to protect against its spread.

"Today, July 9 we had the first death from Ebola in our hospital. Many of us who work here, including me, were in contact with the deceased even though we did not have gloves to protect ourselves," the missionary was quoted as saying in one of several letters to friends and family quoted in Spanish daily El Mundo at the weekend. "It is painful but we have to be here. I compare it to war. But it is more dangerous. The enemy at home," said another letter.

The WHO issued advice in April to health care workers treating Ebola patients stressing that it is not always possible to identify infected patients. When within a metre of Ebola patients, healthcare workers should wear a face shield or a medical mask and goggles, a clean, non-sterile long-sleeved gown, and gloves, it said.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/wor ... 07526.html?


Liberia: President Obama Approves the Use of Experimental Drug on Two Liberian Doctors undergoing Treatment for Ebola

The White House and the United States Food and Drug Administration have approved the request for sample doses of experimental Serum to treat Liberian doctors who are currently infected with the deadly Ebola virus disease.

According an Executive Mansion release, the approval was in response to an August 8, 2014 communication sent to President Barrack Obama by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in which she requested the experimental Serum to be used on the affected Liberian doctors.

The experimental drugs are to be brought in the country by a representative of the U.S. Government later this week.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, has authorized the dispatch of additional doses of the experimental Serum to Liberia to support the treatment of affected doctors. The experimental Serum from the WHO will be brought in by one of its experts later this week.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201408113458.html

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