Madrid hospital prepared to receive Ebola patient

Madrid’s Carlos III hospital is preparing to treat Miguel Pajares, the Spanish priest infected with the Ebola virus.

Pajares, aged 75, is currently under quarantine in Monrovia, the Ebola-afflicted capital of Liberia, where he had been carrying out missionary work. He will soon be returned to Spain in a medically-equipped aeroplane, which took off from Madrid earlier today.

A press conference led by the Director General for Public Health, Mercedes Vinuesa, resulted in more questions than answers, as she refused to confirm any of the facts, only asserting that measures were in place to ensure the total security of all health workers involved in treating the virus.

According to sources present at a meeting of the hospital’s management however, the sixth floor has been cleared, and rooms under special quarantine measures are reported to have been made ready for the arrival of Pajares and other members of his mission.

It remains to be seen whether Juliana Bohi, the nun who was quarantined with Pajares in Liberia will also accompany him back to Spain. She has shown symptoms of the Ebola virus, although tests have so far proven negative.

Pajares, originally from Toledo, is the first confirmed Spanish victim of an Ebola epidemic which has swept through the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, resulting in 1,600 registered cases and 932 reported deaths. 

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