Patient tests negative for Ebola in Spain scare: authorities

Tests showed a person suspected of being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Spain to be clear of the disease, health authorities said on Sunday.

Medics had isolated the patient, reportedly a Nigerian, on Saturday at the Sant Joan hospital in the eastern city of Alicante fearing the presence of the virus, which has killed more than 1,000 people this year.

But the Valencia region department said in a statement on Sunday that "the samples analysed by the Microbiology Institute have tested negative for the Ebola virus".

The patient is in a "stable" condition in the isolation ward, having been put there pending the as a precaution to protect others from a possible contagion of the deadly fever, it said.

A Spanish priest on Tuesday became the first European to die from Ebola during the current outbreak in west Africa, the worst since the disease was first discovered four decades ago.

The 75-year-old missionary, Miguel Pajares, was infected in Liberia, where he worked with infected patients.

Ebola has killed 1,145 people in five months, according to the UN World Health Organization's latest figures as of August 13: 413 in Liberia, 380 in Guinea, 348 in Sierra Leone and four in Nigeria.

There is no widely-available vaccine or medicine for treating Ebola. Pajares was treated with an experimental US serum, ZMapp, while in isolation in a hospital in Madrid.

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Feared Canadian Ebola case tests negative

Aug 10, 2014

A Canadian man showing symptoms of Ebola after returning home after a recent visit to Nigeria has tested negative for the disease, officials said Sunday.

Avoid Ebola panic and fear: UN chief

Aug 12, 2014

Urging governments to avoid panic and fear, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced plans on Tuesday to step up the global response to the Ebola outbreak and bring it under control.

Ebola outbreak claims first European victim

Aug 12, 2014

An elderly Spanish priest became the first European to die from a fast-spreading Ebola outbreak on Tuesday, succumbing to the virus in a Madrid hospital five days after being evacuated from Liberia.

Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug

Aug 11, 2014

Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus.

Recommended for you

Dutch Ebola aid ship finishes West Africa tour

1 hour ago

The European Union says a Dutch aid ship is finishing its tour of the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, docking in Liberia to deliver supplies including medical equipment.

ECOWAS trains health workers to fight Ebola

3 hours ago

West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS said on Sunday it will train 150 health workers this week to help tackle the deadly Ebola disease in the worst hit countries; Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

13 hours ago

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, U.S. public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.