A healthcare worker in Spain is the first person known to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa in the current outbreak, according to media reports. Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato announced Monday tests confirmed the woman identified as a nursing assistant has the virus. She had helped treat a Spanish missionary who contracted Ebola in West Africa. The missionary died after returning to Spain, according to the reports.
The patient was part of the medical team that treated Manuel Garcia Viejo, a Spanish priest who died Sept. 25 after being flown back from Sierra Leone, according to a USA Today article. The woman went to Alcorcon hospital in the Madrid suburbs with a fever and was placed in isolation. Mato said the infection was confirmed by two tests and the patient was admitted to a hospital on Sunday.
According to an Oct. 3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outbreak update, the total number of cases of Ebola stood at 7,470, with 3,431 deaths from the disease.