Ebola Outbreak: 56 more people died in two days in West Africa
NIGERIA: There have been 56 more deaths in a 48-hour
period in West Africa's ebola outbreak, bringing the total number of fatalities
to 1,069. The vast majority of deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra
There have also been three deaths in Nigeria,
following the worst-ever outbreak which began in March. In the two days to
August 11, there were 128 new cases, meaning a total of 1,975, according to the
World Health Organisation.
Many of the dead are health workers, who are often
working with inadequate supplies and protection. Among the victims is the first
European - a Spanish priest who died on Tuesday in a Madrid hospital after
being infected while treating ebola patients in Liberia.
Several hundred mourners have attended a funeral
service for missionary Miguel Pajares in the capital. The 75-year-old man was
cremated shortly after he died and his ashes were taken in an urn in a black
hearse to the chapel of San Rafael hospital. He had been treated with an
experimental US serum, ZMapp.
The drug is also being used on two Americans, Dr Kent
Brantly and Nancy Writebol, in the US who were infected with the disease in
Liberia. Meanwhile, a consignment of ZMapp has arrived by plane in Liberia to
treat two doctors suffering from the virus.
It will be taken to the John F Kennedy Memorial
hospital in the capital Monrovia and administered to doctors Zukunis Ireland
and Abraham Borbor. It comes after Liberia's presidency said the US has
approved a request for sample doses of the drug to be sent to Liberia.
Guinea is considering asking for access to the
vaccine, according to communications minister Al Houssein Makanera Kake.
A senior doctor in England, virologist Christopher
Logue, is travelling to Guinea to help deal with the crisis by leading
laboratory tests on people who may have come into contact with the virus.