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Four hospitalized in Spain after first Ebola transmission outside Africa

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 - 01:28

Spanish nurses and their union are looking for answers after a nurse became the first person infected with the deadly disease outside of Africa. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Spanish nurses outside this Madrid hospital are angry. One of their own contracted the Ebola virus here while treating two missionaries infected with the disease. They had been to West Africa -- where an Ebola epidemic has killed more than 3,400 people -- but she had not. That makes her the first person in the world to contract the deadly virus outside of Africa, and healthcare workers are demanding to know what in Spain's protocol against infection -- went wrong. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) NURSING ASSISTANT AT MADRID'S LA PAZ HOSPITAL, PALOMA, SAYING: "I was expecting it because this is not a game like they've been treating it. It's a very worrying matter and they have not handled it correctly." Three others in Spain have been hospitalized for possible signs of Ebola. Some 30 health workers who came into contact with the nurse are also being monitored. The nurses' union complains the hospital just isn't providing enough information. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JOSE MANUAL FREIRE OF SATSE (A NURSES' UNION), SAYING: "There is panic. Panic, because as it stands, there still has not been sufficient training to be able to face up to this with certainty." Health officials are trying to figure out just how the nurse did become infected. That knowledge can't come soon enough for these nurses, and likely for the Spanish public, as authorities try to reassure the nation they are tackling the Ebola threat.

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Four hospitalized in Spain after first Ebola transmission outside Africa

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 - 01:28