Ambulance crew adjusts their goggles outside the entrance to the apartment of a nurse who contracted Ebola near MadridSPAIN – Seven more people have been admitted to a Spanish hospital for monitoring for Ebola, including two hairdressers who had contact with a nurse infected with the deadly disease, health officials say. The nurse, Teresa Romero, helped treat two elderly Spanish missionaries who died after returning from West Africa with Ebola. The 44-year-old tested positive for the disease on Monday, making her the first person known to have caught Ebola outside of Africa. Romero went on leave after the second of her Ebola patients died on September 25 at Madrid’s La Paz-Carlos III hospital, which Spain has designated to handle Ebola cases. She started to feel ill on September 29 but was not admitted to hospital until seven days later, creating a large window of time in which other people may have been exposed. Five women and two men were admitted to the hospital for monitoring late on Thursday as a precaution, the hospital said in a statement. They included three nurses and two hairdressers who had contact with Romero while she was on leave from her job. Meanwhile one person who had previously been under observation at the hospital has been discharged. In total there are now 14 people isolated at the hospital including Romero who is the only person confirmed to have the disease
Nurse takes a turn for the worse: The condition of a Spanish nurse diagnosed with Ebola has today deteriorated, a hospital official has said. The assistant director of Madrid’s La Paz-Carlos III hospital where Teresa Romero Ramos is being treated said the 44-year-old’s condition has worsened. Yolanda Fuentes said: ‘Her clinical situation has deteriorated but I can’t give any more information due to the express wishes of the patient.’ It emerged today two hairdressers are being monitored for the symptoms after they came into contact with Mrs Romero Ramos after she saw her doctor. A spokeswoman for the Carlos III hospital said neither of the doctors, nor the nurse’s husband, has shown any symptoms of the deadly virus.
Nurse at serious risk of dying: Officials say the 44-year-old Spanish nurse infected with Ebola is at “serious risk” of dying from the disease after her condition got worse. Teresa Romero is “very ill and her life is at serious risk as a consequence of the virus,” the Madrid regional president, Ignacio Gonzalez, told parliament on Thursday. “Her clinical situation has deteriorated but I can’t provide more information,” an unnamed spokeswoman for the La Paz-Carlos III hospital, where Romero is being treated, told reporters. Romero was admitted to hospital earlier this week with a high fever and was placed in isolation. Further hospital tests proved that the nurse was in fact infected with Ebola. The woman helped treat two elderly Spanish missionaries, who died after returning from West Africa with Ebola in August and September. Spain’s health system has come under fire over safety failures following the news. The European Union is demanding explanations from Madrid on how the disease could spread inside a specialized disease unit. Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato said in a statement that the government is working to “boost the protocol for tackling Ebola to exceed European recommendations.” Mato added that she would discuss the situation at a meeting with regional health officials on Friday. Extinction Protocol