Spain says a Madrid hospital nurse has tested positive for Ebola after treating African patient

October 2014SPAIN Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In what is believed to be the first infection outside of Africa, an assistant nurse at a Madrid hospital where two Ebola patients died has contracted the virus herself, health officials said Monday. “Two tests were done and the two were positive,” a spokesman for the health department of the regional government of Madrid said. The woman works at Madrid’s La Paz-Carlos III hospital where two missionaries who were repatriated from Africa with Ebola died from the disease, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. “We do not know yet if she treated any of the two missionaries,” the spokeswoman said. Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, was infected with Ebola in Liberia and died at the hospital on August 12.
In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers arriving from the region. In dealing with potential Ebola cases, Obama said, “we don’t have a lot of margin for error.” Already hospitalized in the U.S., a critically ill Liberian man, Thomas Duncan, began receiving an experimental drug in Dallas. But there were encouraging signs for an American video journalist who returned from Liberia for treatment. Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was able to walk off the plane before being loaded on a stretcher and taken to an ambulance, and his father said his symptoms of fever and nausea appeared mild. “It was really wonderful to see his face,” said Dr. Mitchell Levy, who talked to his son over a video chat system at Nebraska Medical Center. In Spain, the stricken nurse had been part of a team that treated two missionaries flown home to Spain after becoming infected with Ebola in West Africa. The nurse’s only symptom was a fever, but the infection was confirmed by two tests, Spanish health officials said. She was being treated in isolation, while authorities drew up a list of people she had had contact with. Medical workers in Texas were among Americans waiting to find out whether they had been infected by Duncan, the African traveler.
In Washington, the White House continued to rule out any blanket ban on travel from West Africa. People leaving the outbreak zone are checked for fevers before they’re allowed to board airplanes, but the disease’s incubation period is 21 days and symptoms could arise later. Airline crews and border agents already watch for obviously sick passengers, and in a high-level meeting at the White House, officials discussed potential options for screening passengers when they arrive in the U.S. as well. Obama said the U.S. will be “working on protocols to do additional passenger screening both at the source and here in the United States.” He did not outline any details or offer a timeline for when new measures might begin. The Obama administration maintains that the best way to protect Americans is to end the outbreak in Africa. To that end, the U.S. military was working Monday on the first of 17 promised medical centers in Liberia and training up to 4,000 soldiers this week to help with the Ebola crisis. The U.S. is equipped to stop any further cases that reach this country, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “The tragedy of this situation is that Ebola is rapidly spreading among populations in West African who don’t have that kind of medical infrastructure,” Earnest said.
About 350 U.S. troops are already in Liberia, the Pentagon said, to begin building a 25-bed field hospital for medical workers infected with Ebola. A torrential rain delayed the start of the job on Monday. The virus has taken an especially devastating toll on health care workers, sickening or killing more than 370 in the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — places that already were short on doctors and nurses before Ebola. Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged the U.S. government to begin screening air passengers arriving from Ebola-affected nations, including taking their temperatures. Perry stopped short, however, of joining some conservatives who have backed bans on travel from those countries. Federal health officials say a travel ban could make the desperate situation worse in the afflicted countries, and White House spokesman Earnest said it was not currently under consideration. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said he saw no need for additional screening at airports and noted that airlines already carefully clean planes.
Airlines have dealt with previous epidemics, such as the 2003 outbreak in Asia of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. “Now it’s Ebola,” Kelly said. “We are always on the alert for any kind of infectious disease.” The U.S. didn’t ban flights or impose extra screening on passengers during the SARS outbreak or the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Both of those were airborne diseases that spread more easily than the Ebola virus, which is spread by contact with bodily fluids. The CDC did meet many direct flights arriving from SARS-affected countries, to distribute health notices advising travelers that they might have been exposed, how they could monitor their health and when to call a doctor.
Canadian health authorities attempted various methods of screening arriving passengers for SARS, including sometimes checking for fever. Authorities later reported that five SARS patients entered Canada in three months, but none had symptoms while traveling through airports. General airport fever checks aren’t very effective, especially as flu season begins, said Lawrence Gostin, a prominent health law professor at Georgetown University. But checking and questioning only passengers from the outbreak zone “might reassure the public. I don’t think there would be a big downside.” The SARS death rate was about 10 percent, higher for older patients. Its new relative MERS, now spreading in the Middle East, appears to be more deadly, about 40 percent. About half of people infected with Ebola have died in this outbreak. –News D
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12 Responses to Spain says a Madrid hospital nurse has tested positive for Ebola after treating African patient

  1. Bro. Nick says:

    With the common lying of Government and health ‘burro-crats’ worldwide seeming to be the ‘norm’ – things are going to get more and more ‘interesting’, for “the word of the LORD” has said that these things will certainly happen:

    {10} Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
    {11} And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines,
    and PESTILENCES;
    and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
    (Luke 21:10-11 [KJV])

    “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
    Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”
    (Luke 17:26-29 [KJV])

    Me thinks that the whole world is becoming exponentially more rapidly ‘as it was in the days of Noah and of Lot’

    The absolute truth and reality of “the words of the LORD” should be very clear:

    “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
    (Gen 6:5 [KJV])

    “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.”
    (Ps 12:8 [KJV])
    .

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  2. Lee says:

    How is a ban on people traveling from Ebola affected countries going to make it worse? People and supplies can still go in. There is no reason to allow possibly infected people to enter our country and spread Ebola. Like what is happening in Dallas right now. Obama is right, stop Ebola in Africa, not here.

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  3. yves says:

    As they say … Dont worry we got everything under control….. the real question is, who is in control of what..and why…….

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  4. ocdjm says:

    Reblogged this on Staring Over the Edge of the Abyss and commented:
    Ebola spreads easily now that its airborne. Be on the watch for more outbreaks globally.

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  5. streams13 says:

    SARS, MERS, Swine Flu have been issues in recent years. They are more contagious than Ebola, but none have a mortality rate of 70%. Airlines must implement screening asap.

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  6. Yellow Bird says:

    alvin…PLEASE LOOK at this info, i dont know what it all signifies but i do think it holds a key.
    putting this comment under a relevant but older post as its mainly meant for you to look at for now. found this on the journalist who was sent home to recover. by no means is he some random run-of-the-mill reporter covering events in W.Africa who just happened to come home with a little present.
    i suspect he may continue to be a person of great interest for some time to come. Remember him

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/04/us-ebola-patient-ashoka-mukpo-liberia
    horribly written (no great surprise given the source) and have loads of inaccuracies- as commenters readily pointed out. but blow off the chaff, for there is also some pure seed of truth mixed in. especially –> notice insights from commenters Adam Neira & SysConfig. <– VERY interesting, right up TEP alley

    https://www.nfb.ca/film/tulku/
    this is a docufilm put together a few years ago by his half-brother.

    http://www.details.com/culture-trends/critical-eye/201208/leaving-om-new-buddhist-lifestyle?currentPage=2
    01/Aug12 Article in a Men's Fashion mag of all things, offers a good bio with Ashoka's own perspectives on what he sees as valuable.

    He could have claimed a life as a "god". but he didnt. instead…

    "He has worked at Human Rights Watch. He also had been doing nonprofit development work in Liberia before the Ebola outbreak, said Philip Marcelo, a Boston-based AP reporter who met Ashoka Mukpo last year while on assignment in Liberia for The Providence Journal. Mukpo at that time was working as a researcher for the Sustainable Development Institute, a Liberia-based nonprofit shining light on concerns of workers in mining camps outside Monrovia.
    “He was out there in the community,” Marcelo said. “He had been to different parts of the country, not just the capital. … He was out in the bush. He spent time in villages where there was nobody who looked like him.” http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/latestnews/5761695-129/cameraman-with-ebola-has-ri-ties.html

    Seems to me this single, singular individual has been in high demand his entire life… yet has resisted machinations and manipulations at every turn, opting instead to quietly go. and help people.
    What will he be marked for next? And what will he do about it?

    just in case you are interested in wading through the muck that Ashoka ditched in order to lead his (up to now) quiet life of humanitarian service….
    http://www.american-buddha.com/borntibetagain.htm
    wear hip boots.

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