First European dies of Ebola as virus continues to spread

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First European dies of Ebola as virus continues to spread

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A Spanish priest who caught Ebola in Liberia has died in Madrid.

Miguel Pajares was working at a Catholic hospital in the Liberian capital when he contracted the virus.

The 75-year-old was airlifted back to Spain last week and had been treated with the experimental drug, Zmapp.

Meanwhile, Liberia is to be sent samples of the drug to treat doctors who have Ebola.

The drug has been fast tracked for use from the United States despite it not having been properly tested yet. It has already been used on two American missionaries with Ebola who are said to be improving.

The death toll from the current outbreak of Ebola has now reached 1,013.

James Dorbor Jallah from the Liberian national taskforce on Ebola stressed the gravity of the situation.

“People are dying and the disease is spreading very fast in congested communities, and this has got out of hand. It’s now spread across the sub-region, this is very important, it has become a global crisis,” he said.

China has flown in emergency humanitarian supplies to Sierra Leone. The aid included protective clothing and medicines.

China is also planning to send three expert teams to help fight against the outbreak of the virus.