A nursing auxiliary in Madrid has tested positive for Ebola after treating a patient in the Spanish capital, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
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The case is believed to be first in which a person contracts Ebola from a source outside of Africa.
While the woman has not been identified, El Pais reports that she is 44 years old, married without children, and originally from Galicia, though she has worked for more than 15 years in Carlos III Hospital in Madrid. She has not left Spain or come in contact with the Ebola virus except for her work in treating Manual García Viejo, Spain’s second Ebola victim and a Catholic missionary who contracted the disease in Africa. Viejo is the second Spanish victim of the disease; the first being a priest, 75-year-old Miguel Pajares, who died in the same hospital after being flown back to Spain from Africa.