Ebola continues to wreak havoc in it’s wake

The outbreak of the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc in it’s wake, the earliest reported case was in Guinea in December 2013 and as of October 2014 (10 months later) – 8, 400 cases have been reported and over 4000 deaths.

While the outbreak is in West Africa, the countries with reported cases are; Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the United Sates of America.

On Monday October 13, 2014 an American news outlet, CNN, reported that a nurse who was tending to Thomas Eric Duncan – a man who contracted a virus in Liberia – took all the precautions necessary to protect herself from Ebola but still contacted the virus.

While Spain reportedly defended their decision to repatriate two Spanish nationals with Ebola, this was despite a nurse who treated them becoming the first person to contract the virus outside of west Africa.

Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo, was quoted saying; “The government did what it had to do. The duty of a state is to protect its citizens – and even more so when they are in difficult circumstances far from Spain. All the developed countries who have had this problem have done the same”.

The two missionaries, Miguel Pajares, 75, and Manuel García Viejo, 69, died in August and September, days after being evacuated to Madrid for treatment.

Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos tested positive for the Ebola virus shortly after and she remains in a stable but serious condition.


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