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Health of Ebola patient in Spain worsens: hospital

09 October 2014, 16:36

Madrid - The health of a Spanish nurse who is the first person known to have caught Ebola outside of Africa has worsened, the Madrid hospital where she is being treated said Thursday.

"Her clinical situation has deteriorated but I can't provide more information," because of the express wishes of the infected nurse, a spokeswoman for the La Paz-Carlos III hospital told reporters.

The nurse, Teresa Romero, helped treat two elderly Spanish missionaries who died after returning from west Africa with Ebola. She tested positive for the disease on Monday.

Her case has has heightened concerns that the worst epidemic of Ebola on record could spread from west Africa, where it began late last year and has taken nearly 3,900 lives, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Read also: Ebola still rampant as toll nears 4 000

Romero had gone on leave after the second of her Ebola patients died on September 25, although authorities said she did not leave Madrid.

She started to feel ill on September 29 but was not admitted to hospital until seven days later, potentially creating a large window of time in which other people may have been exposed.

Romero said in a newspaper interview published Wednesday she believes she might have caught the deadly virus after touching her face with an infected glove after cleaning the room of one of the missionaries who died from Ebola.

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