MOSCOW, October 14 (RIA Novosti) - US authorities have asked the government of Spain to allow over 3,000 American soldiers returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa to stay in the Spanish military bases, a spokesperson for the Spanish Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti.
According to the spokesperson, the motion has already been sent to the authorities of Spain, who have not yet confirmed whether or not the offer will be accepted.
Nonetheless, it has been reported that Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes will announce Spain's decision on the matter in the next few days.
The American authorities, the spokesperson added, want their soldiers to rest in the Rota and Morón de la Frontera bases located in southern Spain.
Should Spain agree to the offer, it will have to initiate a special sanitary operation aimed at avoiding possible cases of the Ebola virus among the local population.
The United Nations is also reported to have turned to Spain for permission to use Gran Canaria airport for the purpose of transferring humanitarian aid to the worst hit areas of West Africa.
The worst Ebola epidemic in history began in southern Guinea at the end of 2013 and soon spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The death toll is estimated to be over 4,400. There is no officially approved medication for the Ebola virus, and experts claim prevention is the only cure. Several countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan are currently working on vaccines.