Spanish priest infected with Ebola in Liberia evacuated to Madrid

A Spanish missionary priest has become infected with Ebola while working in Liberia. He has been evacuated to Madrid for treatment.
By JC Finley  |  Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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MADRID, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A 75-year-old Spanish priest infected with Ebola has been evacuated from Liberia for treatment in Madrid.

Father Miguel Pajares, a missionary, tested positive for Ebola and was quarantined at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia.

Spain's director general of public health, Mercedes Vinuesa, acknowledged that the evacuation of Fr. Pajares is "a very complicated job" at a news conference on Wednesday. "We are focused on doing it with the best guarantees for the patient, for society and for health personnel. We are in the process of repatriation, which in a country like Liberia takes time."

The Spanish Ministry of Defense tweeted that a specially-equipped Airbus A310 medical jet would be used to facilitate the priest's evacuation.

Fr. Pajares is the first known European to become infected with Ebola since the outbreak in West Africa began in March. He is also the first Ebola victim to be evacuated to Europe.

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