WHO officially declares Spain free of Ebola
KONFRONTASI - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Spain is clear of Ebola with no new cases of the disease having been reported over the past two months.
"There have been no further cases since the healthcare worker was confirmed to be negative for Ebola virus, so today the outbreak is over in Spain," WHO said in a statement.
Spanish nurse at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, Teresa Romero, was named the first person known to contract Ebola outside West Africa after a failure in infection control in the treatment of two Spanish missionaries who later died from the virus.
Romero revealed the first symptoms of the disease on September 30 and fueled fears that she might have transmitted the virus to people who were in close contact with her during this period.
Doctors detected no trace of Ebola in Romero on October 21 and she left hospital on November 5.
More than 4,500 people, most of them in West African countries, have lost their lives to Ebola which was first confirmed in March.
Nearly half of the deaths have reportedly occurred in Liberia. The UN health agency said data gathering problems in the African country had made it difficult for officials to draw exact numbers or conclusions on Ebola.
Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat.
It can be also spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses. There is currently no known cure for Ebola.[presstv]