The Ebola infected priest evacuated 5 days ago from Monrovia to a Madrid hospital – and who received one of the five available doses of the experimental monoclonal antibody cocktail called ZMapp - has died overnight according to hospital officials.
Father Pajares is reportedly the 4th fatality in the past 10 days among the staff at the (now closed) Saint Joseph Hospital in Monrovia, which had been treating Ebola cases.
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An elderly Spanish priest infected with Ebola died in a Madrid hospital on Tuesday, five days after being evacuated from Liberia, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest, Miguel Pajares, was being treated in Spain with an experimental US serum, ZMapp, after being flown to Madrid on August 7.
He contracted Ebola at the Saint Joseph Hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia where he worked with patients suffering from the disease.
On Sunday it was widely reported this patient would receive one of the handful of existing doses of ZMapp, and that his condition was listed as `stable’. What his condition was when he actually received the drug is unknown.
The `last two’ available doses of this experimental drug are reported en route to Liberia and slated for use on two Liberian doctors who are infected with the virus (see Crofsblog Ebola: Obama approves use of experimental serum on two Liberian doctors).
Later today we should hear from the World Health Organization on the results of a panel convened yesterday to discuss the ethical considerations of using untested experimental drugs to treat Ebola.