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WHO Warns Ebola’s Spread In Europe ‘Unavoidable’; Spanish Officials Defend Country’s Handling Of Ebola Case

News outlets report on the case of a nurse infected with Ebola while treating a patient in Spain and authorities’ concerns and warnings over the likelihood of future Ebola cases in Europe.

The Hill: WHO: Spread of Ebola in Europe ‘unavoidable’
“The World Health Organization is warning Europe to prepare for more cases of Ebola due to the ‘unavoidable’ spread of the virus through air travel. The first European diagnosis of Ebola took place Monday, when officials confirmed a Spanish nurse had contracted the disease…” (Viebeck, 10/7).

New York Times: Spanish Prime Minister Defends Handling of Ebola Case
“Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy defended his government’s handling of Western Europe’s first Ebola case on Wednesday, telling Parliament that he was confident Spain could contain the virus…” (Minder, 10/8).

New York Times: Demands for an Explanation Grow After a Nurse in Spain Contracts Ebola
“Spain’s government came under heavy criticism Tuesday as it dealt with the repercussions of Western Europe’s first Ebola case, quarantining three more people and monitoring dozens who had come into contact with an infected nurse. … The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, asked for an explanation, according to news reports. And some opposition politicians called for the health minister, Ana Mato, to resign…” (Minder, 10/7).

Reuters: More cases of Ebola spreading in Europe “unavoidable,” WHO says
“More cases of the deadly Ebola virus will almost inevitably spread in Europe but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director said on Tuesday…” (Kelland, 10/7).

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Concerns in Spain Rise as Third Health Worker Enters Hospital
“A third nurse’s aide who treated an Ebola patient in Madrid checked into a hospital Tuesday night and was under observation, the government said on Wednesday. A spokesman for Spain’s regional health department said the hospital worker, whose name wasn’t disclosed, had a slight fever, one possible early symptom of Ebola…” (Brat/Neumann, 10/8).

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