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Spain mourns priest who died of Ebola

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A funeral mass in Madrid for Father Miguel Pajares.

The 75-year-old missionary died Tuesday after contracting Ebola in Liberia.

He was the first European infected by the deadly virus that's killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa.

His charity air-lifted him on August 7 back to Spain, where he received the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp.

It's the same drug that's said to be stabilising two American aid workers infected with Ebola, but it couldn't help Father Pajares.

His home town of Iglesuela has declared three days of mourning.

His nephew Javier Pajares, says his uncle's death should bring attention to the plight of aid workers risking their own lives to help others with Ebola.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) NEPHEW OF FATHER MIGUEL PAJARES, JAVIER PAJARES, SAYING:

"There are many brothers and missionaries and NGOs that need support and that was Miguel's message. That is what he wanted, to highlight that issue."

The body of Father Pajare