MADRID, October 7 (RIA Novosti) - Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato has confirmed that the nurse, who treated a victim of Ebola in Madrid, has been diagnosed with this disease, adding that the health professionals are currently investigating how exactly the contamination occurred.
"All the precautions are being made," Mato said on Monday, adding that the authorities are currently trying to determine how exactly the nurse has contracted Ebola and whether the medical team observed proper medical protocol, while taking care of the infected priest.
Antonio Alemany, Spain's senior health official, added that all the people, who had come into contact with the nurse are being monitored.
Earlier on Monday, EFE news agency reported that a nurse at a hospital in Madrid tested positive after taking part in a treatment of Spanish priest Manuel García Viejo, who became infected with the Ebola virus, while serving at a Sierra Leone hospital and died in a Madrid hospital on September 25.
The name of the nurse, diagnosed with symptoms of the deadly virus infection is not being revealed. It is known, however, that she is 44, married and has no children. The employees of the Alcorcon hospital, where the nurse is currently being treated, say that her husband shows no signs of infection.
The worst Ebola outbreak in history started in February in Guinea and quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Nigeria.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the death toll from the Ebola epidemic has surpassed 3,400.