3 more people hospitalised in Spain amid Ebola scare

3 more people hospitalised in Spain amid Ebola scare

Three more people have been hospitalised in Spain, after a nurse became the first person outside of West Africa to contract Ebola.

It was confirmed yesterday the nurse contracted the disease after treating two people with Ebola.

Her husband and two others have been placed in quarantine, but none are presenting symptoms of the deadly virus.

The new admissions come as protests have been held in Spain overnight, as health workers are calling for more action to protect them, while they treat those with the disease.

WHO warns of more cases in Europe

The World Health Organization’s regional director said overnight Europe will almost inevitably see more cases of the deadly Ebola virus within its borders but the continent is well prepared to control the disease.

Speaking to Reuters just hours after Europe’s first local case of Ebola infection was confirmed in a nurse in Spain, the WHO’s European director, Zsuzsanna Jakab, said further such events were “unavoidable.”

“Such imported cases and similar events as have happened in Spain will happen also in the future, most likely,” Jakab told Reuters in a telephone interview from her Copenhagen office.

“It is quite unavoidable … that such incidents will happen in the future because of the extensive travel both from Europe to the affected countries and the other way around.”

US prepares to implement tougher screening measures

Meanwhile U.S. health officials are preparing to require tougher Ebola screening at American airports this week to keep the deadly virus from spreading to this country.

The new measures may include screening air travelers for fever when they arrive in the United States from the worst-stricken countries in West Africa, on direct or indirect flights.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says the agency might adopt some of the measures over the weekend.

Those included having the CDC and Customs and Border Protection conduct intense health screening of workers at U.S. ports of entry.

The New York Democrat also urged the Department of Homeland Security to create a database of people flying to and from West Africa, which would be shared with hospitals around the country.

The outbreak has killed at least 3,439 people out of 7,492 confirmed, probable and suspected cases since it emerged in Guinea in March, in the worst Ebola epidemic on record.

Along with Guinea, the worst-hit countries have been Sierra Leone and Ebola.

The disease has also spread to Nigeria and Senegal, but is considered contained there.

A man who traveled to Dallas from Liberia last week became the first patient diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil.

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