HEALTH

Second Spanish priest diagnosed with Ebola flown to Madrid; country out of experimental drug

In this photo provided by the Spanish Defense Ministry, aid workers and doctors transfer Manuel Garcia Viejo, a Spanish priest who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone, from a military plane to an ambulance as he leaves the Torrejon de Ardoz military airbase, near Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Spanish priest who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has been flown back to Spain and taken to a Madrid hospital. Garcia Viejo, a medical director of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the city of Lunsar in Sierra Leone, arrived on a medically equipped military plane shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. (AP Photo/Spanish Defense Ministry)

In this photo provided by the Spanish Defense Ministry, aid workers and doctors transfer Manuel Garcia Viejo, a Spanish priest who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone, from a military plane to an ambulance as he leaves the Torrejon de Ardoz military airbase, near Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Spanish priest who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has been flown back to Spain and taken to a Madrid hospital. Garcia Viejo, a medical director of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the city of Lunsar in Sierra Leone, arrived on a medically equipped military plane shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. (AP Photo/Spanish Defense Ministry)

A second Spanish priest working in Sierra Leone was diagnosed with Ebola and was flown back to Madrid for treatment.

Brother Manuel García Viejo, a medical director of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the city of Lunsar in Sierra Leone, is apparently in “serious condition” in a Madrid hospital after being flown from African in a medically equipped military plane shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. He was transferred to the Carlos III hospital.

García Viejo, 69, is the medical director of the San Juan De Dios Hospital in the city of Lunsar, Sierra Leone. He worked at the same hospital as Miguel Pajares, 75, the Spanish priest who contracted the virus at the beginning of August and died weeks later.

We have an overflow of bodies which we still need to bury but this has been an everyday occurrence since the Ebola outbreak ... Now we have about 150 new cases.

- Steven Gaojia, head of Sierra Leone's emergency operation center

Doctors treating García Viejo say there were no samples of experimental drug ZMapp available in the world right now, and they were considering alternative treatments.

García Viejo is suffering from dehydration, with kidney and liver complications, said Javier Rodríguez, chief health officer for the Madrid region.

Mapp Biopharmaceutical, the company that makes ZMapp, says the drug's supplies are exhausted and that it takes months to make even a small batch.

García Viejo has worked in Africa for 30 years and has been the medical director of the hospital in Lunsar for the past 12 years.

Ebola is blamed for the deaths of more than 2,600 people in West Africa. And everyday, more and more keep getting sick.

"We have an overflow of bodies which we still need to bury but this has been an everyday occurrence since the Ebola outbreak ... Now we have about 150 new cases," Steven Gaojia, head of Sierra Leone's emergency operation center, said late Sunday, according to the Telegraph in London.

The Health Ministry said García Viejo asked to be transferred back to Spain after testing positive for the deadly virus.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press. 

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