Spanish nurse infected with Ebola makes progress

2014-10-12 21:46
A medic tends to Spanish ebola patient Teresa Romero at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid.  (Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)

A medic tends to Spanish ebola patient Teresa Romero at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Madrid - Spain's Ebola patient showed some marginal signs of recovery on Sunday, but European infectious diseases experts found shortcomings that need fixing in the Madrid hospital designated to deal with Ebola cases, officials said. 

Assistant nurse Teresa Romero, who was infected with the Ebola in a Madrid hospital after having contact with two Spanish missionaries who later died from the virus, is showing signs of "slight improvement", a government statement said.

But the statement also said that Romero's prognosis remains serious and further complications can't be ruled out.

The statement added that a committee from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control who visited Madrid's Carlos III hospital concluded that it wasn't suitable to meet emergencies such as an Ebola outbreak.

Fernando Simon, the health ministry's co-ordinator of emergency alerts, said one sign for optimism was that "the virus load" in Romero's bloodstream was decreasing.

Simon told a news conference at Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's official residence that he had met with the two-man European communicable disease threats committee and been told of its concerns.

He said the area that needed to be improved was the airlocks leading into and out of the quarantine area at the Carlos III hospital.

"The airlocks were set up to deal with highly infectious situations, but what hadn't been foreseen was a need for bulky outfits to perform certain medical procedures in," Simon said.

He said the airlocks had been deemed too tight for such protective apparel.

Health authorities have said they suspected Romero may have become infected when she accidentally touched her face with a gloved hand while taking off protective gear in a small airlock.

Another Spanish nurse who had also treated a patient infected with the virus in Africa was released from the hospital late on Saturday after twice testing negative for Ebola.

The patient, Manuel Garcia Viejo, died of Ebola on 25 September. He had been medical director of a Sierra Leone hospital for 12 years.

Read more on:    spain  |  ebola

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.