‘Ebola: a caregiver from Madrid, the first case outside Africa’

Published on 7 October 2014 at 09:07

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Spain’s Ministry of Health confirmed on 6 October that a caregiver has contracted the Ebola virus in a Madrid hospital, after treating a missionary who came into contact with the disease in Sierra Leone, reports ABC.

The Spanish daily notes the incident marks “the first case of transmission of the virus beyond Africa”. Some thirty people, who were in contact with the caregiver, are also being monitored for signs of the disease.

The virus’s transmission has raised questions over protection measures. According to ABC, the European Commission is under pressure to ask Spain for —

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explanations about the circumstances of the contamination, given that European hospitals must be “highly equipped” to protect their personnel.

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