No charges over ‘Ebola’ death

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NO charges will be brought against doctors who failed to provide medical assistance to a man who later died at Madrid’s Barajas airport because they thought he had Ebola.

The incident took place on October 18, when the Nigerian man passed out on the airport’s floor after the illegal drug-packets he was carrying inside his body ruptured.

The medical staff of the airport watched the man from a distance for 50 minutes, and did not provide him with assistance that could have potentially saved his life because they thought he could have Ebola.

The man was assisted after that by a unit of Sanidad Exterior (Foreign Health). The staff confirmed that they did have safety suits for an Ebola intervention, but they were under no obligation to react in such a case.

The man had just arrived from Turkey, a country which is not at-risk from Ebola.

According to representatives of the airport, the man’s death has not changed the protocols to follow if a similar case was to take place. 

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