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Ebola Epidemic

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Spanish Nurse Discharged - 06 Nov 2014
The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola in Madrid, a case that caused alarm and political recriminations, said on Wednesday she hoped her infection could be of use and offered to give blood to treat potential sufferers as she left hospital.

Teresa Romero, 44, overcame the deadly virus after becoming the first known person to catch Ebola outside West Africa in the current outbreak, which has so far killed nearly 5,000 people.

The contagion, after Romero cared for two priests repatriated from West Africa and who later died in Madrid, caused a backlash against the Spanish government, with health workers claiming they had received inadequate training and equipment to deal with Ebola.

"I don't know what went wrong, I don't even know if anything went wrong," an emotional Romero told a news conference, referring to the source of the contagion, which is still being investigated.

"I only know that I am not reproachful or resentful, but if my infection can be of some use, so that the disease can be studied better or to help find a vaccine or to cure other people, here I am," Romero said, accompanied by staff from the Carlos III Hospital where she was treated, and her husband.
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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November 05, 2014
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola raises her arms after being discharged from the Carlos...
Madrid, Spain
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero raises her arms after being discharged from the Carlos III hospital in Madrid...
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola raises her arms after being discharged from the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, November 5, 2014. Romero became the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa, after helping to treat a Spanish missionary who contracted Ebola in Africa and was repatriated to Spain for treatment but subsequently died. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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November 05, 2014
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola smiles after being discharged from the Carlos III hospital...
Madrid, Spain
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero smiles after being discharged from the Carlos III hospital in Madrid
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola smiles after being discharged from the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, November 5, 2014. Romero became the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa after helping to treat a Spanish missionary who contracted Ebola in Africa and was repatriated to Spain for treatment but subsequently died. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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November 05, 2014
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola, gets a kiss from her husband Javier Limon during her...
Madrid, Spain
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola, gets a kiss from her husband Javier Limon during her...
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola, gets a kiss from her husband Javier Limon during her discharge, at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid November 5, 2014. Romero became the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa after helping to treat a Spanish missionary who contracted Ebola in Africa and was repatriated to Spain for treatment but subsequently died. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH) SOCIETY)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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November 05, 2014
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola waves before addressing reporters after being discharged...
Madrid, Spain
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero waves after being discharged from the Carlos III hospital in Madrid
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola waves before addressing reporters after being discharged from the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, November 5, 2014. Romero became the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa, after helping to treat a Spanish missionary who contracted Ebola in Africa and was repatriated to Spain for treatment but subsequently died. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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November 05, 2014
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola smiles during a news conference at the Carlos III hospital...
Madrid, Spain
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola smiles during a news conference at the Carlos III hospital...
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola smiles during a news conference at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid after being discharged, November 5, 2014. Romero became the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa after helping to treat a Spanish missionary who contracted Ebola in Africa and was repatriated to Spain for treatment but subsequently died. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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November 05, 2014
Doctors and hospital staff pose before a news conference at Madrid's Carlos III hospital November 5,...
multiple cities, Spain
Doctors and other hospital staff from the Carlos III hospital in Madrid pose before a news conference...
Doctors and hospital staff pose before a news conference at Madrid's Carlos III hospital November 5, 2014. Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who contracted Ebola and was treated at the hospital, is expected to be discharged later in the day. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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October 12, 2014
Javier Limon Romero, the husband of Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos who contracted Ebola, leans out...
Madrid, Spain
Javier Limon, husband of Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola, leans out of a window in the isolation ward...
Javier Limon Romero, the husband of Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos who contracted Ebola, leans out his window to see a Spanish air force flyover that was participating in Spain's national day ceremonies from the window of his room at an isolation ward on the fifth floor of Madrid's Carlos III Hospital October 12, 2014. Teresa Romero, 44, the Spanish nurse infected with Ebola was conscious and sitting unaided on Saturday, as three more people joined 12 others hospitalized in Madrid to be monitored for signs of the deadly disease. None of the 15 others still under observation has been diagnosed with Ebola so far, though the Spanish government is under fire for its handling both of Romero's case and the threat of a wider outbreak of the disease. REUTERS/Paul Hanna (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH DISASTER)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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October 12, 2014
A health worker wearing a protective suit stands near a window at an isolation ward on the sixth floor...
Madrid, Spain
A health worker wearing a protective suit stands at a window in the isolation ward of the Carlos III...
A health worker wearing a protective suit stands near a window at an isolation ward on the sixth floor of Madrid's Carlos III Hospital October 12, 2014. Teresa Romero, 44, the Spanish nurse infected with Ebola was conscious and sitting unaided on Saturday, as three more people joined 12 others hospitalized in Madrid to be monitored for signs of the deadly disease. None of the 15 others still under observation has been diagnosed with Ebola so far, though the Spanish government is under fire for its handling both of Romero's case and the threat of a wider outbreak of the disease. REUTERS/Paul Hanna (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH DISASTER)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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October 08, 2014
Excalibur, the dog of the Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola, barks from her apartment's balcony in Alcorcon,...
ALCORCON, Spain
Excalibur, the dog of the Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola, barks from her apartment's balcony in Alcorcon,...
Excalibur, the dog of the Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola, barks from her apartment's balcony in Alcorcon, outside Madrid, October 8, 2014. Madrid regional authorities said they would euthanize the nurse's dog Excalibur to avoid possible contagion, sparking an outcry by animal rights activists to save the dog. Spanish health authorities said on Wednesday that another person being monitored in Madrid for Ebola had tested negative for the disease. The man, a Spaniard who had travelled from Nigeria, was one of several people hospitalised after authorities confirmed on Monday that the Spanish nurse had caught the disease in Madrid. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY ANIMALS)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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October 07, 2014
Health workers attend a protest outside La Paz Hospital, calling for Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato...
Madrid, Spain
Health workers attend a protest outside La Paz Hospital, calling for Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato...
Health workers attend a protest outside La Paz Hospital, calling for Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato to resign after a Spanish nurse contracted Ebola, in Madrid October 7, 2014. Four people, including the nurse who tested for Ebola on Monday, were hospitalised and being monitored over suspicion of potential contagion of the deadly disease, Spain's health authorities said on Tuesday. Officials for Madrid's health system told a news conference those hospitalised included the nurse's husband, a traveller from one affected country and another health worker. They also said the nurse, who did not leave Madrid during her vacations, was currently being treated with drip using antibodies from previous infected patients. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY DISASTER CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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October 10, 2014
Health workers shout and throw gloves at the convoy of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after his...
Madrid, Spain
Health workers shout and throw gloves at the convoy of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after his...
Health workers shout and throw gloves at the convoy of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after his visit to Madrid's Carlos III hospital, October 10, 2014. Seven people turned themselves in late on Thursday to an Ebola isolation unit at this hospital in Madrid where Teresa Romero, the nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside Africa, lay gravely ill. A hospital spokeswoman said there were now 14 people in the isolation unit on its sealed-off sixth floor, including Romero, her husband, and health workers who had cared for Romero since she was admitted on Monday. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH DISASTER POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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October 08, 2014
Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato speaks to reporters following a parliamentary session in Madrid, October...
Madrid, Spain
Spain's Health Minister Mato speaks to reporters following a parliamentary session in Madrid
Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato speaks to reporters following a parliamentary session in Madrid, October 8, 2014. Spanish health authorities said on Wednesday that another person being monitored in Madrid for Ebola had tested negative for the disease. The man, a Spaniard who had travelled from Nigeria, was one of several people hospitalised after authorities confirmed on Monday that a Spanish nurse had caught the disease in Madrid. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY DISASTER POLITICS)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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October 07, 2014
A doctor walks outside Carlos III hospital in Madrid, where a Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola is being...
Madrid, Spain
Doctor walks outside Carlos III hospital in Madrid, where a Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola is being...
A doctor walks outside Carlos III hospital in Madrid, where a Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola is being treated, October 7, 2014. Four people, including the nurse who tested for Ebola on Monday, were hospitalised and being monitored over suspicion of potential contagion of the deadly disease, Spain's health authorities said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY DISASTER)
HEALTH-EBOLA/SPAIN
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October 07, 2014
A medical worker in protective gear prepares an ambulance carrying a Spanish nurse who has contracted...
ALCORCON, Spain
A medical worker in protective gear prepares an ambulance carrying a Spanish nurse who has contracted...
A medical worker in protective gear prepares an ambulance carrying a Spanish nurse who has contracted Ebola, outside Alcorcon hospital, near Madrid, as she was transferred to a different hospital early October 7, 2014 . A Spanish nurse has become the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa, casting doubt over measures taken in Spain to control the potential spread of the deadly disease. The nurse had helped to treat two priests who contracted Ebola in Africa and were repatriated to Spain. Some 30 other health workers and those who came in contact with her are now being monitored for symptoms. REUTERS/Sergio Perez (SPAIN - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY DISASTER)
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August 12, 2014
A hearse carries the coffin of Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, from Carlos III Hospital in Madrid...
Madrid, Spain
A hearse carries the coffin of Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, from Carlos III Hospital in Madrid...
A hearse carries the coffin of Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, from Carlos III Hospital in Madrid August 12, 2014. Pajares the first European infected by a strain of Ebola that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa, has died in hospital in Madrid, a spokeswoman for the city's health authorities said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Juan Medina(SPAIN - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH)
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