According to recent reports, the ongoing spread of a disease that has killed about 3,400 people across West Africa is showing further signs that populations far removed from its epicenter are at a growing risk of getting sick.
While the majority of the approximately 7,500 reported cases of Ebola have occurred in the nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, a growing number of patients are being identified around the world. Experts caution the actual number of individuals with the disease is likely much higher.
After the first individual was diagnosed with Ebola within the U.S., BBC indicated that authorities in Spain have confirmed the first known case of a person contracting the disease while outside of Africa. A nurse practicing in Madrid had reportedly been treating an Ebola patient when she fell ill. After reporting symptoms last week and undergoing two tests, Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato confirmed the unidentified nurse had contracted Ebola.
BREAKING: Spain says a Madrid hospital nurse has tested positive for Ebola after treating Africa patient.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 6, 2014
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Ebola has come to Madrid. It was nice knowing y’all.
— Meghan Royster (@mghnrystr) October 6, 2014
While the victim remains in stable condition, the patient she had been treating, a priest named Manuel Garcia Viejo, died late last month. His death marked the second Spanish priest to die from Ebola since the current outbreak began.
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According to Mato, the nurse was hospitalized this week and is being cared for in an isolated environment within the facility. Given the week between Viejo’s death and the nurse’s admission to the hospital, there is significant concern regarding who might have been exposed to the disease.
BREAKING (Ebola): Where was the nurse between September 30 (first signs) and October 5 (hospital admission)? https://t.co/3vMY9GXP6u
— The Spain Report (@thespainreport) October 6, 2014
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