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Latest Ebola News: Spanish health worker suspected with Ebola to return to hometown

Written by Agencies |Published : November 21, 2014 6:42 PM IST

Madrid, Nov 21: A Spanish health worker, associated with the 'Doctors without Borders', (Medecins San Frontiers) will be flown back home from Mali, Friday after a possible Ebola contagion. According to the relevant protocols, the patient will be placed under observation and will undergo tests, Xinhua reported Thursday. (Read: Ebola facts frequently asked questions (FAQ))

Ebola is a disease caused by the Ebola virus. In the beginning, the symptoms may range from fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headache. Then, vomiting and diarrhea usually follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Some of those affected may also start to bleed both internally and externally. The Ebola virus has an incubation period of 2 to 21 days. (Read: 8 tips to prevent Ebola infection)

Two Spanish missionaries have already died of Ebola, after being flown home from West Africa. Nursing auxiliary Teresa Romero, on the other hand, was infected while treating one of the patients, Manuel Garcia Viejo. Romero was later pronounced clear of the virus and left the hospital on Nov 5. Spain will be confirmed as clear of the virus in December, if there are no further cases in the country. (Read: 10 reasons that make the Ebola virus deadly for humans)

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