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Spanish woman free of Ebola, final tests shows

21 October 2014, 19:44

Madrid - Conclusive tests show a Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola is completely clear of the virus, doctors said Tuesday, signaling a positive outcome in her 15-day battle to survive.

Four blood tests over the past four days showed Teresa Romero's system had eliminated the virus, Dr. Jose Ramon Arribas, of the Carlos III hospital said.

"World Health Organization criteria for curation have been completed," said Arribas, the hospital's chief for infectious diseases.

He added that she would no longer have to be kept in isolation although he warned she would have to be monitored for after effects of the virus.

Romero, 44, tested positive Oct. 6 and was admitted to the Madrid hospital. She received plasma from a recovered Ebola patient, but health authorities have disclosed no more treatment details.

Read also: Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa January

Doctors said she began to show signs of recovery last week.

Romero was the first known person to contract the disease outside of West Africa in the latest outbreak. Romero had treated two Spanish missionaries who died of Ebola at the hospital after they were flown back from West Africa.

She told doctors she remembered touching a glove to her face after leaving the hospital room of missionary Miguel Pajares, who died Sept. 25.

A spokeswoman for Romero said she is expected to remain at the hospital about two more weeks.

Romero still doesn't know that Spanish health authorities approved the killing of the couple's mixed breed dog named Excalibur on Oct. 8 instead of isolating the pet.

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