Spain imports experimental drug to treat Ebola patient

Spain has imported a US-made experimental drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest who was evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for Ebola.

The Health Ministry said in a statement that the ZMapp drug, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical of San Diego, was obtained in Geneva, Switzerland, this weekend and taken to Madrid to treat Miguel Pajares.

Two Americans diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia recently have been treated with the drug and are said to be improving.

There is no known cure for Ebola and more than 1,000 people have died in the current outbreak in West Africa.

Mr Pajares, 75, was evacuated from Liberia and placed in isolation in Madrid’s Carlos III hospital last Thursday.


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