A Spanish priest who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has become the first European to die from the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, health authorities in Madrid have confirmed.
According to a Sky news report, he died in a Spanish hospital
Father Miguel Pajares was the first European infected by a strain of the virus that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa.
He was airlifted from Liberia on August 7 after becoming infected while working for a non-governmental organisation there.
The 75-year-old priest was flown to Spain for treatment with his co-worker Juliana Bohi, a nun who has since tested negative for the disease.
Spain’s Health Ministry said Fr Pajares was being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp, manufactured by U.S. company Mapp Biopharmaceutical.
Two US aid workers infected by the disease have shown some signs of improvements since being given the drug, which had only previously been tested on monkeys.
Fr Pajares was part of a Catholic order at St Joseph’s Hospital in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.
A Congolese nun died at the hospital over the weekend, days after its director also passed away.
The hospital has since been closed because of the outbreak.