The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God informed the public that on the morning of August 9, Sister Pascaline Chantal died. Sister Chantal, of Congolese nationality, had been infected with the Ebola virus and was in St. Joseph hospital in Monrovia, where she worked as a nurse.
There is also great concern regarding the health of another nun at the hospital in Liberia. Sister Paciencia Melgar, from Guinea, is being treated at St Joseph Hospital, which is currently under quarantine. A Spanish NGO that works side to side with the Hospitaller Order is preparing a team of health professionals to go to Liberia. A Spahish member of the Hospitaller order was airlifted to Spain last week. The director of the hospital died about one week ago.
The ebola virus, which is spreading alarmingly in West Africa, is now considered an emergency health situation. The United Nations, and the Centers for Disease Control in the US, are seeking to prevent further spreading of the disease, for which there is currently no cure.