UPDATE: Ebola in Spain

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UPDATE: TWO DOCTORS who are treating Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse with Ebola, have been admitted to hospital and are under precautionary observation.

The number of people in quarantine at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid now totals six, including Teresa’s husband.

A spokeswoman for the hospital has confirmed that so far all the cases under observation have yet to show signs or symptoms of the disease but they are taking no chances. 

Romero is the first person known to have caught the disease outside of the African zone, her condition is reported to be deteriorating.


Earlier this week: THE HUSBAND of the nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, October 6 has been admitted to hospital on suspicion of suffering from the virus himself.

Public Health Director-General Mercedes Vinuesa made the announcement on the morning of Tuesday October 7. She explained that health authorities were concerned that the husband, who had been in close contact with his wife for days, was a high-risk case.

The husband of the stricken nurse – the first case of Ebola to be contracted and diagnosed in Europe – is isolated in quarantine and will be observed closely over the next few hours and days, although he is still not displaying any symptoms

Two others have also been put under quarantine: a man who has recently returned from a trip to Nigeria, and another nurse who does not have a fever, but is displaying symptoms including diarrhea.

Furthermore, 22 people with whom the nurse had contact in Madrid’s Alcorcón Hospital and 30 people in Carlos III Hospital, are also being closely watched.  

The Nigerian patient tested negative for the virus after initial testing, but will have to wait until Wednesday for the results of a second test to be analysed. The nurse with diarrhea is being quarantined ‘as a precaution’.

The nurse who tested positive for Ebola is currently undergoing treatment for the disease, using antibodies donated by an African missionary who survived the virus.


ORIGINAL STORY: A SPANISH NURSE in Madrid has tested positive for the Ebola Virus after coming into contact with the infected missionary Manuel García Viejo.

The auxiliary nurse has tested positive for the deadly virus after displaying symptoms including a high fever. Although the initial medical analysis tested positive, the nurse will now undergo further testing to confirm whether or not she has the virus for sure. The Health Ministry has called a crisis meeting, and is awaiting the results.

The nurse, who works at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital, treated the priest Manuel García Viejo, who was flown to the Spanish capital from Sierra Leone. García Viejo died of the virus on September 26.

If the positive result is confirmed, the woman will be the third Ebola sufferer to be treated in Spain, but the first to contract the virus on Spanish soil. If positive, she will be the first case in history of the virus contracted outside of the African continent.

The patient was admitted to the hospital in the morning on Monday, October 6 with a very high fever.

On August 12 the priest Miguel Pajares died of the virus after being moved to Madrid’s Carlos III hospital. Manuel García Viejo died thirteen days later. Both were members of the San Juan de Dios religious order.

The Ebola virus has ravaged West Africa, and above all countries including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. According to the World Health Service, some 7,178 people have contracted the disease so far, with 3,338 deaths. It is believed that all cases of Ebola up until now have been contracted on the African continent.

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