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Saturday 19 August 2017

Nurse in Spain has Ebola virus

In what is the first reported incident of Ebola transmission outside Africa, a Spanish nurse who treated a missionary for the disease at a Madrid hospital has tested positive for the disease.

The female nurse was part of the medical team that treated a 69-year-old Spanish priest who died in a hospital last month after being flown back from Sierra Leone, where he was posted, Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato said yesterday.

The woman went to the Alcorcon hospital in the Madrid suburbs with a fever and was placed in isolation. Mato said the infection was confirmed by two tests and that the nurse was admitted to a hospital on Sunday.

The woman's only symptom was a fever, Antonio Alemany, Madrid director of primary health care, told a news conference. Alemany said authorities are drawing up a list of people the nurse had contact with.

The Spanish priest the nurse helped treat was Manuel Garcia Viejo, who died on September 25, becoming the second Spanish missionary to fall victim to the deadly virus.

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In August, a 75-year-old Spanish priest, Miguel Pajares, was flown back to Spain from Liberia, but died after being treated with the experimental Ebola medicine ZMapp.

The World Health Organization estimates has the latest Ebola outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people.

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