7 Oct 2014

A sad entry into Ebola’s history books

A Spanish nurse has tested positive for Ebola after helping treat a missionary doctor who was repatriated to Madrid last month.

The missionary died of Ebola fever 11 days ago. And today the nurse sadly entered the record books as the first person in history to contract Ebola outside of Africa.

The news is worrying for authorities in Spain and other developed countries who are closely monitoring the growing Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

It was assumed that highly trained and well-equipped healthcare workers in rich countries were at much lower risk of contracting Ebola. Health officials in Spain are now trying to establish how the nurse, who followed strict protocols like the rest of the 30-strong team treating the patient, became infected.

The nurse entered the patient’s room only twice. Once when he was being treated and once after he died.

The nurse had been on leave since the patient died on 25 September and efforts are now being made to trace contacts she may have had.

However, the biology of Ebola makes experts hope it’s unlikely she passed it on to others.

People are thought to only become infectious once the more advanced symptoms of the disease occur – like vomiting and diarrhoea.

The team treating the sick patient were all asked to check their temperature twice daily for 21 days. When she developed a fever on 30 September she took herself to hospital.

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3 reader comments

  1. Nigel Wilson says:

    Now that Europeans are contracting the Ebola virus outside Africa we can no doubt expect a cure to be available shortly in useable quantities.
    The way that poor countries have been abandoned to suffer this awful plague which is indigenous to their native ecology is morally offensive.
    No wonder the people are terrified. There but for the grace of God go any one of us.

  2. JOHN KENNY says:

    THIS MUST BE CURE EBOLA ON A BUDGET, WE NOW KNOW THAT DOCTORS, NURSES, AND WORKER ARE CATCHING THIS DESEASE WE ARE SENDING THE ARMY BUT LOOKING AT THE EQUIPMENT AND PRACTICE IS THIS A JOKE?
    THEY WERE SHOWING THEM DIPPING THERE BOOTS IN A BUCKET OF DISANFECTANT ! HERES A CLUE A PROPER DECOMTAMINATION AREA WITH SHOWERS AND SPRAY BEFORE THEY REMOVE THE POORLY MADE SUITS BOUND WITH STICKY TAPE IF THIS IS NOT DONE SOME OF THEM WILL DIE.

  3. Rachel Smith says:

    Why did the British government decide to only include airports places such as Dover carry enormous amount of vehicles coming from all over the continent if you Ebowler is in Spain and how close is it to The UK there seems to be no protection for our border force checking lorries if you check one Laurie you check them all do politicians live in a different world do they think about entry points if you’re going to protect medical staff at airports you need to protect people such as our border force and place medical staff at major seaports to stop illegal immigrants coming through when I was borders in control this would have gone some way to stop this virus which is absolutely terrible for those affected and we should all think about The families that are left behind are they carrying And will it come back and bite us

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