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Ten people were discharged from the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, Spain. They were in quarantined after they showed no signs of the Ebola virus at the end of the 21-day incubation period. Only two people remain at the hospital, a low-risk patient who continues under observation but has no symptoms of the disease, and nursing assistant Teresa Romero, 44, the first person who contracted the virus outside Africa.(Read: What is the Ebola incubation period?)
Romero was declared free from the virus last week, but remains at the hospital to recover from its side effects. The nursing assistant was admitted to the hospital Oct 6 after suffering a fever and was diagnosed with Ebola. She caught the virus while treating two Spanish missionaries repatriated from Sierra Leone and Liberia, who died from the disease in August and September. (Read: 10 reasons that make the Ebola virus deadly for humans)
All the people she had been in contact with were put under observation in their homes or were taken to the Carlos III Hospital, including her husband, Javier Limon, who was discharged Monday. The haemorrhaegic fever is considered most contagious once the patient has fever, and its incubation period is 21 days. The Ebola outbreak in Western Africa has killed more than 4,500 people since last March, most of them in Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia. (Read: 8 tips to prevent Ebola infection)
Here are some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) with answers about the deadly Ebola disease
How is the Ebola virus disease caused?
The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a contagious disease caused by infection with one of the four strains of the Ebola virus. The Ebola virus belongs to the family of Filoviridae and the viral strains with potential for infection in humans are Zaire, Bundibugyo, Tai Forest and Sudan virus.
How does it spread?
The Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with the body fluids (semen, sweat, saliva and blood), infected objects (needles) and close skin contact with an infected person. It can also be transmitted through close contact with infected animals (handling the meat) and consumption of uncooked meat. Read more about Ebola facts frequently asked questions (FAQ)
With inputs from IANS
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