A nurse got infected by the Ebola virus in Spain, raising global concerns as this is the first case of a person catching the disease while outside West Africa. This highlights the risks that health care workers are faced with while caring for Ebola patients.
The news appeared during Monday while another US citizen that is sick arrived in the US and Barack Obama declared that the government is currently considering more careful airline passenger screening for those entering the country from the current outbreak region.
So far, the Ebola outbreak killed over 3,400 in West Africa. It is currently a growing concern for many other countries. Health care workers were hit hard with over 370 being sickened or killed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The nurse was a part of the medical team responsible for the treatment of Manuel Garcia Viejo, Spanish Priest, who died at the end of last month in Madrid. The priest was flown home from Sierra Leone after becoming sick. It is believe that the nurse was infected with Ebola after she came into contact with the patient.
The Spanish nurse is currently in isolation at Carlos III hospital in Madrid. According to officials, she is in a stable condition. Authorities are quarantining her husband and other people that she came in contact with in the past 10 days.
In the US, passengers that leave the current outbreak zone are checked at the airport for fever. This did not stop the outbreak since no symptoms appeared for those that were infected while leaving the country. An US screening is thus discussed since Ebola has an incubation period of 21 days.