A Spanish nurse has contracted Ebola virus disease from a patient she cared for after he was transferred from West Africa for care.
The nurse, whose identity was not being released, was part of the team that took care of Manuel Garcia Viejo, a 69 year old priest who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and was medically evacuated to Spain for treatment. The patient died on September 25.
Spanish authorities say the recent contacts of the nurse, who reportedly presented with a fever, are being traced. The nurse presented to Alcorcon Hospital in the Madrid suburbs for treatment and was immediately placed in isolation.
Viejo was the second missionary priest from Spain to contract and die of Ebola virus disease. Miguel Pajares died after being given ZMAPP in a Madrid hospital. He was 75.