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Ebola Nurse May Have Touched Her Face With Her Gloves

Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 04:12 PM

A doctor in Madrid says the Spanish nurse infected with Ebola remembers touching her face with her gloves after treating a dying pries, which may explain how she contracted the virus.
 
"She told me that at some point the suit could have touched her face," said German Ramirez Olivenza, M.D., BBC News reports. 
 
The nurse, Teresa Romero, is the first person known to have contracted the deadly virus outside West Africa. She had treated two Spanish missionaries who later died from Ebola.
 
Romero, a 40-year-old auxiliary nurse, remains in quarantine in the Spanish capital along with her husband and three other people. She was part of a team of about 30 staff at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid caring for missionaries repatriated from West Africa.
 
The World Health Organization has warned that more Ebola cases can be expected among medical staff, even in developed countries. The agency has reported more than 8,000 people have now been infected with the disease and 3,879 have died. The vast majority of deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
 
Romero told the El Pais newspaper that she might have become infected when removing her protective suit after cleaning a patient’s room.
 
"I think the error was the removal of the suit," she told El Pais by phone. "I can see the moment it may have happened, but I'm not sure about it."

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