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... 3 more quarantined after nurse confirmed

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato speaks during a meeting between authorities of the Health Ministry and the Madrid Regional Health Council in Madrid, Spain, yesterday.
A Norwegian Doctors Without Borders doctor infected with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone arrives at Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo, Norway, yesterday.

MADRID (AP): Three more people were placed under quarantine for Ebola at a Madrid hospital where a Spanish nurse became infected, authorities said yesterday. More than 50 other possible contacts were being monitored.

The nurse, who had cared for a Spanish priest who died of Ebola, was the first case of Ebola being transmitted outside of West Africa, where a months-long outbreak has killed at least 3,500 people and infected at least twice as many.

Her case highlighted the dangers that health-care workers face caring for Ebola patients. Officials said she had changed a diaper for the priest and collected material from his room after he died. Dead Ebola victims are highly infectious and in West Africa their bodies are collected by workers in hazmat outfits.

News of the quarantines hit Spain's stock market yesterday. Spain is one of Europe's biggest tourist destinations and stocks in tourism-related companies such as airlines and hotel chains fell on the Madrid stock exchange as investors feared the consequences of the Ebola case.