Spanish nurse who treated Ebola victim in Madrid becomes first person in the world to contract virus outside of Africa
A Spanish nurse who treated an Ebola victim in Madrid has become the first person in the world to contract the deadly virus outside of Africa.
The 44-year-old is said to have spent the last 15 years working at Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital, where the two Spanish missionaries infected with Ebola died.
The woman, who is married, was part of the team that treated Spanish priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, who was brought back from Africa last month so that he could be treated for the deadly virus.
A medical worker in protective gear stands next to a special stretcher carrying the infected Spanish nurse
Two separate tests confirmed that the woman, who has yet to be named, had contracted the disease.
Colleagues tonight expressed their surprise at news that the nurse, from Galicia in northwest Spain, had died from the virus, saying that there had been ‘extreme’ measures in place to protect hospital staff.
One told Spanish daily El Pais that nurses were equipped with two protective overalls, two pairs of gloves and glasses.