Madrid nurse, husband, quarantined after Ebola diagnosis
07 October 2014, 14:38
Madrid - Quarantine has been extended to the spouse of a Madrid nurse diagnosed with Ebola, Spanish media reported Tuesday, citing public health sources.
The 40-year-old nurse, whose identity is being kept undisclosed, was part of a 30-person medical team that treated two Spanish missionaries who had contracted the virus in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
She visited the room of one patient - Manuel Garcia Viejo - twice during his treatment, according to Spanish daily El Pais. Garcia Viejo died on 25 September.
The nurse began to feel ill on 30 September, but still didn't present clinical symptoms of the virus such as a fever. She entered the hospital on Sunday, and her diagnosis was announced by public health authorities on Monday.
Those days between 30 September and 6 October will be the focus of a public health effort to trace any possible contagion, because Ebola can only be contracted from a person who already displays symptoms of the disease.
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According to Fernando Simon, an emergency co-ordinator with the Spanish Health Ministry, authorities are investigating the possibility of further contamination of the medical team that cared for the missionaries.
They are also concerned about the status of the nurse's husband, who had the most contact with her prior to her official diagnosis.
The Madrid nurse is the first confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the disease in Europe.