EBOLA STRIKES IN SPAIN


The deadly EBOLA virus has now entered the country of Spain as about Fifty individuals are currently under surveillance. A Spanish nurse has now contacted the virus after  after treating two  Spanish missionaries who died of the disease after being flown home from the wests african region .Mr Garcia Viejo, 69, died at the hospital on 25 September after catching Ebola in Sierra Leone. Mr Pajares, 75, died in August after contracting the virus in Liberia.

Reports state that it took almost one week for the nurse to be tested for Ebola even after she contacted a medical center on September 30th, complaining that she felt feverish.

Three other people, including the nurse’s husband, have been quarantined.

Staff at the hospital where she worked told El País that the protective suits they were given did not meet World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, which specify that suits must be impermeable and include breathing apparatus. Staff also pointed to latex gloves secured with adhesive tape as an example of how the suits were not impermeable and noted that they did not have their own breathing equipment.

The nurse was part of a team attending to missionary Manuel García Viejo, 69, who died four days after being brought to Carlos III hospital on 20 September. The same team, including the nurse, also treated missionary Miguel Pajares, 75, who was repatriated from Liberia in August and died five days later.

Staff at the hospital said waste from the rooms of both patients was carried out in the same elevator used by all personnel and, in the case of the second patient, the hospital was not evacuated.

Would Spain be able to contain and drive out this deadly epidemic ?

 

Sources: Guardian News

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