Priest With Ebola Dies In Spanish Hospital As Eight Chinese Workers Quarantined

Tyler Durden's picture

Sadly, the Spanish missionary priest who became infected with Ebola treating patients in Liberia has died in hospital in Madrid. As AP reports, Father Miguel Pajares died despite receiving the experimental drug ZMapp, and is one of 3 patients to receive it (the American doctors in Atlanta being the other 2). This morning the WHO confirmed the use of "experimental, unproven" Ebola drugs such as ZMapp was ethical in this situation, as the death toll tops 1000 in what WHO called the "most severe and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history." Perhaps most concerning of all this morning is news that China is quarantining 8 of its West African nurses (as the death toll among health workers surges).


As AP reports,

A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died Tuesday in a Madrid hospital, authorities said.



Spain's Health Ministry said a day earlier that it had obtained a course of the U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug ZMapp to treat Father Miguel Pajares, 75.


Pajares died Tuesday at Carlos III Hospital, the hospital and his order said. The hospital would not confirm that he had been treated with the drug, but his order said earlier that he would be.


He is one of only three Ebola patients thought to have received the experimental drug. The others are two Americans evacuated to Atlanta.


Pajares, who was treating people with Ebola at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia when he became infected, was evacuated to Spain on Thursday. He worked for the San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Spain-based Catholic humanitarian group that runs hospitals around the world.

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The World Health Organization confirms use of experimental and unproven Ebola drugs is ethical:

  • *WHO: APPEARS THAT ZMAPP HAD `DRAMATIC' EFFECT ON 2 AMERICANS (but not on the Spanish priest)

An ethics panel ruled that the drugs, which have not yet passed clinical trials but have shown early promise in combating the virus, could provide a “potent asset” in the battle to contain the epidemic, which it called the “most severe and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history.”

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Perhaps even more concerning is China's quarantining its West African nurses (as the death toll among health workers surges):

Eight Chinese medical workers who treated patients with Ebola have been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone, Beijing's ambassador said Monday, but would not be drawn on whether they were displaying symptoms of the disease.

In addition, 24 nurses have been quarantined, health officials said, while a senior physician had contracted Ebola but was responding well to treatment.

The nation's sole virologist, who was at the forefront of its battle against the epidemic, died from Ebola last month.

As countries around the world were on alert, Japan said it was evacuating two dozen staff from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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And here is Bloomberg's roundup of the latest Ebola headlines:

  • Latest WHO death toll: 1,013
  • Spanish priest Pajares dies in Madrid hospital
  • WHO panel says ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs
  • Africa’s biggest city fights “wicked lies” on Ebola myths
  • U.S. approves experimental Ebola drugs for 2 Liberian doctors
  • Turkish Air sick passenger not suspected of Ebola: Official
  • Rwanda Health Ministry says suspected Ebola case tests negative
  • Japan pulls aid staff from West Africa: ENCA
  • Experimental Ebola drug supply exhausted, manufacturer says

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TheFreeLance's picture

This means every missionary who comes down with Ebola will have dibs on a trip to ATL and the CDC. Watch.

knukles's picture

Annnnnd we're off!
It's not airborne.  Y'all gotta eat bush monkey carpacchio ... with a side of bat fruit.

What the fuck is going on?  Airlifting all these infected people all over?
Holy Shit!

Why, if you were a little green man from Mars just plopped down here and taking a fresh look, you'd think that the great pre-planned culling has begun!

SWRichmond's picture

Yup, so much for "containment".

onewayticket2's picture

that guy looks just like the spanish priest i sat next to on the plane!?!



GetZeeGold's picture



Why didn't they just send them to Atlanta?

Whoa Dammit's picture

We already have two too many in Atlanta, thank you very much.

knukles's picture

I can just see it coming.
"Ebola is not a risk"
"Sanctions will hurt Russia, not us."

The Next Excuse for a negative Global GDP report:

Sanctions, Ebola and Weather

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture


By the time "end of the year" comes millions will be dead. Day late dollar short.

Publicus's picture

Nothing man made will work against a fast evolving epidemic. Start taking vitamin c powerder mix now if you want to see the end of the 21st century.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Vitamin C isn't going to save anyone.

Overfed's picture

At least ya' won't have scurvy too.

dontgoforit's picture

R.I.P. Pardre.  God bless your selfless efforts. 

Does anyone really believe the government authorities about 'containment' of this plague?  I believe we are seeing the beginning of a multi-year outbreak that will kill tens of millions - mostly in Africa.  How's that Zmapp working on the two in Atlanta? 

Oliver Klozoff's picture


As alarming as the possibility of this extending to other countries, the death toll in Africa promises to be staggering.

It also is certain that there are those poised to profit from the carnage.



redpill's picture

This Ebola outbreak will end the same way they all do:  when all the people who refuse to take proper precautions are dead.

redpill's picture

Quit with the vitamin C shit, this isn't infowars.

walküre's picture

Dude, the end of the 21st century is 86 years away. NOBODY posting here will see that day!

indygo55's picture

The could have sent them to the US/Mexican border. Then at least they would have plausable deniability.



dontgoforit's picture

And St. Louis, and Detroit, and.....

dontgoforit's picture

Inter-city America is Africa for sure; except where it's Hispanic.

Winston Churchill's picture

Pretty obvious now that Obozo was not going to cancel the African summit in DC.

So instead of stopping all air flights from Africa, like any sane person,he brought the victims

here as politcal cover.

Narcissism kills.

knukles's picture

"as political cover"  Well said......
Oh my....
Oh my oh my....

dontgoforit's picture

'Political' - that would certainly fit his modus operandi.

Urban Redneck's picture

In any place other than bizzaro world, his actual words would be grounds being immediately relieved of duty.

HomeBrewPrepper's picture

While Ebola is very contagious, it is not spread by droplet or air, it has to be human contact,” Bachman said. “We are absolutely confident that our policies, our procedures, our structure, our containment unit are such that the virus will not get out into the rest of the hospital or anywhere else.”

So what if it is airborne? And this guy is in charge with no contingency plans

Fish Gone Bad's picture

It is worrisome that all those protected health care workers contracted the disease.

Plan A: The best plan.  Don't get around Ebola.

Plan B: The second best plan.  If you have to be around Ebola, be super protected and be super vigilant.

Plan C: The Oh Shit! contingency.  If you get infected with Ebola, get the drug.

(there is no plan D or E).

Plan F: This is the dealing with abject failure.   1) Lay down and die.  2) Give it to others.


Citxmech's picture

Yeah - wel this drug's effectivity just went from 100% to 67% - not much better than without it.

Let's see how effective it is once we actually get a useful sample size. . . (assuming enough can be produced to do soon enough to make a difference).

Pie rre's picture

The priest was in his advanced years.

sushi's picture

Somebody needs to explain how it is that these healthcare workers, covered in 100% body hazemat suits, are dropping like flies.

TheReplacement's picture

Because they aren't using respirators and the virus obviously isn't airborne.  Duh.

Maxter's picture

They are not covered in "100% body hazemat suits".  That's why.

Also, I know of two cases where transmission was entirely possible and happened:

1- A stupid patient was urinating on hospital staff.

2- A nurse touched a particular object (without gloves) shortly after a sick patient did.


The 100% hazemat suits will be found on those treating the patient in the US, but they are not in africa.

walküre's picture

EXACTLY! The bush nurses and doctors show up in loin cloth and sandals to treat Ebola. The Ebola patients were sent to the shaman and vodoo priest first.

Ebola will be eradicated in West Africa when the people there start shitting in porcelain.

They need sewer systems and sewer treatment plants. Millions of people aren't meant to live like a batch of flies on a huge pile of shit.

smokintoad's picture

CDC updated their Ebola fact page on Aug 7.   Looks like the concept of personal space is more than just a psychological comfort zone.

Casual contact is defined as a) being within approximately 3 feet (1 meter) or within the room or care area for a prolonged period of time (e.g., healthcare personnel, household members) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., droplet and contact precautions–see Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations); or b) having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an EVD case while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., droplet and contact precautions–see Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations). At this time, brief interactions, such as walking by a person or moving through a hospital, do not constitute casual contact.

ebworthen's picture

Which means it is a new strain that is more contagious.

OOOPS!!!  Stop flying people out!!!! I don't want it!!!

SilverRhino's picture

So things like being in a restaraunt / bar (prolonged contact), taxicab (already proven infection vector in Liberia) or an elevator, subway, anywhere recirculating / recycling air (planes, office buildings, night clubs, etc)

Put this under things to avoid. 


TheReplacement's picture

The CDC says it is only airborne within a meter.  With no fans or recirculating air temperature control system.

BraveSirRobin's picture

Casual contact for the flu as defined by CDC is 6 feet, compared to ebola's 3 feet.

Citxmech's picture

So on the bus, an infected individual might only infect two or three people instead of six or eight.  

That's comforting.

balanced's picture

Yea unless they cough or sneeze. Have you ever seen the slow motion, high resolution video of a person sneezing. They blast [fluid droplets] into the air which quickly fill the room.

dizzyfingers's picture

..." slow motion, high resolution video of a person sneezing. They blast [fluid droplets] into the air which quickly fill the room."

Yep, I've seen it. Ebola outbreak = a whole new definition of "terrifying". Where did I put my pressurized suit....

Iwanttoknow's picture


right on.the dying Nigerian nurse swore that she did not come into contact with any bodily fluids.She however touched the patients's hand.

p00k1e's picture

I can see it now, December 2014

“I didn’t realize what we were facing.  I apologize to the nation for misjudgment.”

- Bob


If you or yours come down with Ebola, pay the good Bob Bachman a visit and infect his family with lead. 

Dr. Engali's picture

hey.... that's crazy talk right there Mr. Any more of that and we may have to admit you to the nearest psych ward. Oh and by the way, while you're there, we're taking all your guns you loon.

HomeBrewPrepper's picture

That's why obummer plays so much golf. He knows the planned end is coming. Can't stop it. So might as well play some back 9 while people are still around to mow the lawn.

TheReplacement's picture

I like to play contrarian but yeah, I got nothing here.

knukles's picture

Cloward Piven IS WORKING

He deserves a grand vacation.  His plans to overburden the system are proceeding along in an absolutely marvelous manner.  With no push-back to speak of.
The Grand Culling Has Begun....

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Citxmech's picture

Well shit - it's not like he's making any of the decisions anyway.