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Spanish Ebola nurse 'clear' of virus, husband calls handling of crisis 'lousy'

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 01:23

The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital appears to have overcome the deadly disease, according to the government; her husband says in a video statement that the country's handling of the crisis was 'lousy'. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Inside this Madrid hospital, the Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests seems to be finally in the clear. The government says tests on 44-year-old Teresa Romero show she no longer has any trace of the virus. She was given a serum of antibodies taken from Ebola survivors as well other drugs, which may have saved her life. Her husband Javier Limon has been hospitalized in an isolation unit as a precaution during her illness. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH EBOLA INFECTED NURSE'S HUSBAND JAVIER LIMON, SAYING: "I have chosen to spend all these days alone focusing on her recovery, but now I can say from here that I am going to fight until the last drop of my blood to defend her honor and her dignity and I am going to prove at court how lousy the handling of the Ebola crisis has been in Spain." "Lousy" because Romero was the first person outside of Africa to become infected with the virus during the current outbreak and some government officials had initially deflected blame to Romero for not being careful enough. But the public -- including unions and nurses in particular -- were deeply unhappy with the authorities' initial response. Romero remained undiagnosed for days despite complaining of fever, a symptom of Ebola. Some 15 others in Spain are under observation for the disease but so far show no symptoms.

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Spanish Ebola nurse 'clear' of virus, husband calls handling of crisis 'lousy'

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 01:23

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