The US has asked Spain for the usage of two military bases in its south as ‘stopover points’ in the 3,000-strong American mission to control the Ebola outbreak sweeping through West Africa.
If the request is successful, the US would begin utilizing its bases of Morón de la Frontera and Rota in Andalusia. The US wants its aircrafts which are returning from high Ebola-risk countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to be able to stop over.
Spanish military health officials are negotiating “strict protocols” with the Pentagon, reported El Pais on Wednesday. The virus has already killed 4,447 people worldwide, with the majority of the deaths occurring in Liberia.
There have been 8,914 cases overall, and the WHO has stated that it expects the number to pass 9,000 by the end of the week and could soon reach 10,000.
While assurances have been given that the usage of the bases will not in any way contribute to the spread of the disease, according to El Pais sources, Spain remains apprehensive about the possibility of more cases on its territory.
A Spanish nurse who had been treating a missionary who returned from West Africa in September was found to have contracted the disease at the beginning of October.
While she is currently in a stable condition, some 100 people who passed into contact with her are being subjected to monitoring over fears that she may have infected others around her while she was still a contamination risk.