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8/7/2014 (10 months ago)

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Spanish missionary brought back home for treatment

Spain is preparing to accept Europe's first confirmed case of the Ebola virus, as a medically-equipped military jet is sent to Liberia to repatriate Miguel Pajares, a 75-year-old Spanish missionary priest working at a West African hospital.

70-year-old Miguel Pajares, a missionary from Spain, is being repatriated back to his home for treatment of Ebola.

70-year-old Miguel Pajares, a missionary from Spain, is being repatriated back to his home for treatment of Ebola.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/7/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: International, Health, Ebola


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The priest is one of three missionaries whom have been tested positive for the Ebola virus at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia's capital.

This disease is incurable, but God's mercy CAN help!

Pajares and two fellow missionaries, Chantal Pascaline Mutwamene of Congo and Paciencia Legar from Equatorial Guinea, belong to the Hospital Order of San Juan de Dios, a Catholic humanitarian group that runs several hospitals around the world, and has been helping to treat infected individuals since the outbreak began.

70-year-old Miguel Pajares, a missionary from Spain, is being repatriated back to his home for treat

70-year-old Miguel Pajares, a missionary from Spain, is being repatriated back to his home for treatment of Ebola.


Pajares has spent five decades working as a missionary in Liberia. He will be treated by only two medical professionals in an attempt to contain the risk of the virus spreading.

"The safety protocols we will use guarantee minimum risk," said Mercedes Vinuesa Sebastian, the director general of public health in Spain.

When Pajares learned he was being taken back to Spain he was grateful. "This news has lifted my spirits, it is great. I am very happy. It is worth fighting on."

This will be the first time a confirmed Ebola case will be treated on European soil.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the death toll in the four effected West African countries has risen to 932.

Over the last few says the number of suspected, probable or confirmed cases rose by more than a 100, leaving the total at 1,711 since the start of the outbreak in January.

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