The Spanish Defense Ministry shows Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, being transported to the Carlos III hospital upon his arrival in Spain August 7, 2014. (AFP Photo/Inaki Gomez)
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Overwhelmed west African nations called states of emergency Thursday as the death toll from a fast-spreading Ebola epidemic neared 1,000, and an elderly Spanish missionary was evacuated for treatment at home.Since breaking out earlier this year, Ebola has claimed 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people across west Africa, according to the World Health Organization.In Sierra Leone, which has the most confirmed infections, 800 troops including 50 military nurses were sent to guard hospitals and clinics treating Ebola patients, an army spokesman said.Two Americans who worked for Christian aid agencies in Liberia and were infected with Ebola while taking care of patients in Monrovia were taken back to the United States for treatment in recent days.There is no proven treatment or cure for Ebola and the use of the experimental drug has sparked controversy as Ebola experts call for it to be made available to African victims.U.S. President Barack Obama said it was too soon to send experimental drugs for the treatment of Ebola to west Africa, however, urging officials instead to focus on building a "strong public infrastructure".
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