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Spanish nurse definitively cured of Ebola

Teresa Romero was hospitalised in Madrid on 6 October after contracting the virus while caring for two Ebola patients.

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A SPANISH NURSE who was the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa has been cured of the deadly virus according to definitive test results, doctors said today.

“The criteria set by the World Health Organisation for curing the Ebola virus have been fulfilled… She is now cured,” Doctor Jose Ramon Arribas, head of the Carlos III Hospital’s infectious diseases unit, told a news conference.

Teresa Romero was hospitalised in Madrid on 6 October after contracting the virus caring for two Ebola patients at the hospital she worked in. It was the first known case of transmission outside of Africa.

There were indications earlier this week that the woman may be cured of the virus but doctors were being cautious yesterday.

The worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus has so far killed more than 4,500 people, almost all in west Africa, with close to 2,500 deaths registered in worst-hit Liberia. The deadly virus, for which there is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine, spreads via contact with bodily fluids.

- © AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.

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