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Spain's Ebola-infected nurse touched face with tainted gloves

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 9:39 AM


Spanish health officials were investigating Wednesday whether a nursing assistant got Ebola by touching her face with Ebola-tainted protective gloves.

More than 3,400 people have been killed this year by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has hit Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia hardest.

The case of Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero has highlighted the dangers that Ebola poses for health workers and the fact they can contact it even in sophisticated medical centers in Europe.

In Madrid, Dr German Ramirez of the Carlos III hospital said Romero remembers she once touched her face with protection gloves after leaving an Ebola victim's quarantine room.

Health officials say Romero twice entered the room of Spanish missionary Manuel Garcia Viejo, who died of Ebola on September 25 — once to change his diaper and again after he died to retrieve unspecified items.

Ramirez said Romero believes she touched her face with the glove after her first entry.


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