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Spanish nurse is cleared of Ebola
19 Oct 2014 23:11
The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital has been cleared of the virus in preliminary tests.
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Teresa Romero, 44, became the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa.
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Tests on Ms Romero hospitalised earlier this month with a high fever returned negative.
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Ms Romero was treated in an isolation unit in a specially-adapted hospital in central Madrid.
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Usually patients must take another test within 72 hours to be given the all-clear from the disease.
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So far thousands in West Africa have died from Ebola.
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The hospital will take another test in a few hours' time.
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Ms Romero was treated with a drip of human serum containing antibodies from Ebola sufferers who had survived the disease.
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She was also given other drugs which a Spanish government spokeswoman declined to name.
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One was the experimental anti-viral medicine favipiravir, El Mundo newspaper said.
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