Spanish Ebola victim remains serious

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2014 11:23 AM
Spanish Ebola victim remains serious

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Ebola patient remained in serious but stable condition Monday, with doctors cautiously hopeful she can recover.

Fernando Rodriguez Artalejo, a member of the government committee set up to monitor the case, said every hour that assistant nurse Teresa Romero fights the disease gives her more chance of developing an effective immunity response.

Romero, 44, contracted Ebola after treating a Spanish missionary who fell victim to the disease while in West Africa and died at the Madrid hospital last month.

Antonio Andreu — the director of Madrid's Carlos III hospital, where Romero is being treated — said tests carried out on her Sunday showed the level of virus had diminished significantly. But he also said on Onda Cero radio that there could be other complications and it is too risky to make predictions.

Andreu said the 15 people who came into contact with Romero and who are being monitored at the hospital have not shown any Ebola symptoms, and he gave Oct. 27 as the date for a possible all-clear for them.

Rodriguez Artalejo said the medical staff now treating Romero will then have to be monitored for 21 days, the disease's incubation period.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry, which said Spain had obtained a dose of the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp to treat Romero, said it actually has ZMab, another version of the drug.