Spanish nurse first to contract Ebola outside West Africa

Reuters, Monday 6 Oct 2014

A Spanish nurse who last month treated a priest in Madrid who died of Ebola has tested positive for the disease, becoming the first to contract it outside West Africa, a source within the health authorities said on Monday.

The nurse treated elderly priest Manuel Garcia Viejo at the Madrid hospital Carlos III when he was repatriated from Sierra Leone with the disease.

Garcia Viejo died days later, the second Spanish priest to die after being repatriated from Africa with the disease.

The source said the nurse had tested positive for Ebola in initial tests and officials were awaiting final results.

Two separate sources within the health authorities told Reuters the nurse was treated in the hospital of Alcorcon, on the outskirts of Madrid, where she went earlier on Monday with symptoms of fever.

Spain's Health Ministry was due to hold a news conference to give further information at 1800 GMT. 

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