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Spanish nurse contracts Ebola, the first case of transmission outside West Africa

A nurse in Spain has tested positive for Ebola. This is the first known case of someone contracting the virus outside of West Africa, the country’s health officials said Monday.

On Sunday, the nurse was admitted to a hospital outside Madrid, in Alcorcón, with a high fever, Health Minister Ana Mato said. After two tests confirmed the transmission, the woman was isolated, Mate added.

The nurse was part of a medical team that helped treat a 69-year-old Spanish priest who was transferred back to Spain after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone. Priest Manuel Garcia Viejo died from the virus on Sept. 25, BBC reported.

Health officials said they are monitoring people who have come in contact with the nurse.

The Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 3,400 lives worldwide, the World Health Organization reported. While the U.S. attempts to make sure the virus doesn’t spread beyond its first case in Dallas, West African countries continue to be hit hardest. Sierra Leone recorded its deadliest day to date, with the Ebola virus killing 121 people in 24 hours on Sunday.

Ebola is spread with direct contact with infected fluids such as blood, vomit, sweat and semen.

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