Nurse infected with Ebola in Spain

A Spanish nurse who treated an Ebola victim in Madrid has
contracted the virus herself in the first case of contagion
outside Africa, health officials say.
The nurse tested positive for Ebola in two separate tests,
according to reports.
She was part of the team that treated Spanish priest Manuel
Garcia Viejo, who died of Ebola on September 25.
Some 3,400 people have died in the outbreak – mostly in
West Africa. The priest died in the hospital Carlos III de
Madrid after catching Ebola in Sierra Leone.
Another Spanish priest, Miguel Pajares, died in August after
contracting the virus in Liberia. The nurse was admitted to
hospital on Monday morning with a high fever, Spanish
newspaper El Pais said.
Doctors isolated the emergency treatment room, the report
said.
Ebola spreads through contact with the bodily fluids of
someone who has the virus and the only way to stop an
outbreak is to isolate those who are infected.
There have been nearly 7,500 confirmed infections
worldwide, with officials saying the figure is likely to be
much higher in reality.
Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been hardest hit.
Celebrations in West Africa for the Muslim festival of Eid al-
Adha are being badly affected by the Ebola outbreak, with
many public places deserted this weekend.
Earlier health officials said people arriving in the US from
Ebola-affected countries in West Africa could be subject to
extra screening at airports.
But the White House said on Monday it was not considering
a ban on travellers from such countries, according to
Reuters.
It comes as the US tries to limit the spread of its first
confirmed case, a Liberian in Dallas. Thomas Duncan’s
condition is critical but stable, Reuters quoted doctors in the
state of Texas as saying on Monday.

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