Monday, October 20, 2014

España: Update--Spanish Nurse Teresa Romero, 44, No Longer Has Ebola

According to AFP, a Spanish health worker who was the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa no longer has the virus, according to medical test results on Sunday (October 19), the government said.
Teresa Romero, 44, who was hospitalized on October 6 at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, has tested negative for the deadly virus, the special committee responsible for monitoring the virus in Spain said in a statement.
She will be given another test "in the coming hours," said the statement, adding that her "health was... developing favorably."
Romero on October 6 became the first person known to have become infected with the haemorrhagic fever outside Africa, where it has killed more than 4,500 people.
COMMENT: Romero, a nurse, contracted the deadly virus after caring for two infected missionaries who were repatriated from West Africa, and who died shortly after arriving in Spain.
Fifteen people who had contact with Romero before she was diagnosed with Ebola, including her husband, have not yet shown any symptoms, but are still being kept under observation in the hospital, said the statement.
The virus has a 21-day incubation period.

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