Ebola Ebola crisis: Nurse in Spain tests positive in first infection outside west Africa
A nurse in Spain has tested positive for the Ebola virus after
treating a patient repatriated to Madrid from Sierra Leone, the
country’s health authorities said on Monday. The nurse is thought to be
the first person to have contracted the virus outside west Africa.
The auxiliary nurse was part of the team attending to a Spanish
missionary with Ebola who was repatriated two weeks ago. The 69-year-old
missionary, Manuel García Viejo, died just four days after being
brought to Madrid’s Carlos III hospital.
Health authorities said on Monday night that the nurse was in stable
condition. She had alerted them to a slight fever on 30 September, said
Antonio Alemany from the regional government of Madrid, and checked into
a hospital in Alcorcón with a high fever on Sunday. Ebola protocol was
immediately activated at the hospital and initial and secondary tests
were both positive for the virus.
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