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Ebola claims first European victim as infected Spanish priest dies

A SPANISH missionary who caught Ebola in Liberia has died of the disease. Miguel Pajares, 75, died on Tuesday at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, where he was being treated in isolation.

He was evacuated from Liberia last week to Spain, where he was reportedly given the experimental ZMapp drug, which had not been tested on humans.
Pajares had been working with Ebola patients at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital when he became infected.
He was part of the San Juan de Dios order, a Spain-based Catholic humanitarian group that runs hospitals around the world.

Spain’s Health Ministry confirmed it had obtained a course of the American-manufactured drug for Pajares but the hospital would not say whether it had been used.
The priest’s order had earlier said he would be given the serum, which aims to boost the body’s immune response to Ebola with antibodies grown in tobacco plants.


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