Spanish Nurse Is First Person to Contract Ebola Outside of Africa

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According to NBC News, a nurse in Spain has become the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa.

The nurse treated a priest in Madrid, last month, who later died of Ebola after contracting the virus while doing missionary work in Sierra Leone, one of the many places in Africa where the virus is rapidly spreading.

The elderly priest, Manuel Garcia Viejo, died on Sept. 25. The nurse entered the priest’s room twice: Once to treat him and once upon his death, to recover his belongings, officials said. She began showing signs of illness on Sept. 30 and sought treatment quickly after.

“We are working to verify the exact source of contact to see if all strict protocols were followed,” Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato said at a news conference on Monday.

Thirty health-care workers who came into contact with the nurse will now be under observation for 21 days. They are also working to compile a list of people the unnamed nurse may have interacted with outside of the hospital to ensure that they have not contracted the virus.

Six people have been treated for Ebola in the United States, and one developed symptoms in America, but each first came into contact with the virus while in West Africa.

[via NBC News]

Gayana Sark | News Cult

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