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Spanish Nurse Tests Negative for Deadly Ebola Virus: Family Spokesperson

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The latest test, conducted on a blood sample of Spain's nurse Teresa Romero, who is the first person in Europe to contract Ebola virus, showed no traces of the deadly disease, a family spokesperson Teresa Mesa said Sunday.

MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) - The latest test, conducted on a blood sample of Spain's nurse Teresa Romero, who is the first person in Europe to contract Ebola virus, showed no traces of the deadly disease, a family spokesperson Teresa Mesa said Sunday.

"Her blood sample tested negative for the virus," Mesa said, adding as much had been revealed to her at Madrid's Carlos III hospital, which is treating Teresa Romero.

Although the results showed the nurse is no longer infected, the second test will be carried out to confirm she is Ebola-free.

According to the Spanish medics, Romero's condition has recently stabilized and she is likely to recover soon. Teresa Mesa confirmed this information, saying Romero had improved appetite and could already walk.

Teresa Romero, 44, was one of the nurses treating Spanish priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, who caught the Ebola virus disease, while assisting patients in Sierra Leone, one of the three Ebola zones in West Africa.

She tested positive for the virus on October 6. Four days later, media reports said the nurse was to receive the experimental drug ZMapp that had cured two US aid workers earlier in August. Ramos has also been treated with a hyperimmune serum, developed from the blood of a person who has recovered from Ebola, and an antiviral.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 4,500 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak, with over 9,000 cases confirmed or suspected.

There is currently no officially approved medication for the disease, but several countries are now working on developing a drug to halt the virus spreading further.

Earlier this month, the Russian Health Minister confirmed that Russia is now ready to test its Ebola vaccine on primates and may soon start clinical trials.

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