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Nurse in Spain gets Ebola, raising global concern

Nurse in Spain sick with Ebola, likely infected while caring for missionary priest who died

Nurse in Spain gets Ebola, raising global concern

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a case underscoring the perils of caring for Ebola patients, a nurse in Spain has contracted the disease -- the first time the virus has spread outside West Africa during the current epidemic.

The nurse's illness illustrates the danger that health care workers face not only in poorly equipped West African clinics, but also in the more sophisticated medical centers of Europe and the United States.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, says health care workers are at the greatest risk in all Ebola outbreaks.

The development came Monday as another American sick with the disease arrived back in the U.S. for treatment and President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers traveling from the outbreak region.

Updated : 2022-01-19 14:59 GMT+08:00