Catholic nun dies before experimental drug reaches Liberia
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/13/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The Spanish-based San Juan de Dios hospital order has reported that a Catholic nun who was working in Liberia has died of the Ebola virus.
The World Health Organization reports that over 1,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak which began in March of 2014.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The order reported that Sister Chantal Pascaline from the Congo died on August 9 "from Ebola in the Hospital San Jose de Monrovia, despite the care she received from a volunteer nurse."
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Pascaline belonged to the same order as another Spanish missionary priest and a nun who had been evacuated to Madrid by jet. Both are in stable condition.
More than 1,000 people have died in this Ebola epidemic that has been going on since early 2014.
This Ebola outbreak, which began in March of this year, is the largest and longest outbreak ever recorded. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that now over 1,000 people have died, and that more than 1,800 have become infected by the disease.
Meanwhile, an experimental drug that may halt the disease in its tracks, ZMapp is expected to arrive in Liberia in time to treat two Liberian doctors who came down with the disease, reported the Liberian Health Minister Walter Gwenigale.
Doses of Z Mapp were donated by the San Diego-based company Mapp BioPharmaceuticals at no charge, which has now exhausted its supply of the drug, and will require months to manufacture more.
"The trouble is, of course, with this very, very limited number of vaccines, who would you give that to?" said Dr. Gregory Taylor, the deputy head of the agency.
Taylor said the agency has been advised to give the vaccine to health care workers in Africa who are among the most vulnerable because of their close contact with Ebola patients.
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