MADRID –– A Spanish nurse who treated an Ebola victim in Madrid has contracted the virus herself in the first case of contagion outside Africa, health officials say.
The nurse tested positive for Ebola in two separate tests, according to reports.
She was part of the team that treated Spanish priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, who died of Ebola on 25 September.
Some 3,400 people have died in the outbreak –– mostly in West Africa.
The priest died in the hospital Carlos III de Madrid after catching Ebola in Sierra Leone.
Another Spanish priest, Miguel Pajares, died in August after contracting the virus in Liberia.
The nurse was admitted to hospital this morning with a high fever, Spanish newspaper El Pais said.
Doctors isolated the emergency treatment room, the report said.
Ebola spreads through contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has the virus and the only way to stop an outbreak is to isolate those who are infected.
There have been nearly 7,500 confirmed infections worldwide, with officials saying the figure is likely to be much higher in reality.
Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been hardest hit.
Earlier health officials said people arriving in the US from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa could be subject to extra screening at airports.
But the White House said today it was not considering a ban on travellers from such countries, according to Reuters.
It comes as the United States tries to limit the spread from its first confirmed case, a Liberian in Dallas.
Thomas Duncan’s condition is critical but stable, Reuters quoted doctors in the state of Texas as saying today.