SAINT-MANDE, France (AFP) – A nurse who treated France’s first Ebola patient was taken to a military hospital near Paris on Thursday with a “suspect fever”, a source close to the case said.
The nurse was driven to the Begin hospital in Saint-Mande early afternoon as she suffered from a high, long-lasting fever, said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.
According to several sources who declined to reveal their names, she was part of a team at the same hospital that treated a French nurse who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia when working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
That MSF volunteer was flown back to France last month, and has since recovered.
In Spain, a missionary who recently returned from Liberia was hospitalised Thursday at a Madrid unit specialising in Ebola cases after showing signs of fever, officials said.
The missionary is a member of the Hospital Order of San Juan de Dios, a Roman Catholic group that runs a charity working with Ebola victims in west Africa, the government said in a statement.
Two elderly Spanish missionaries from the same order were diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa in August and September and flown home to Spain where they both died shortly after.
A 44-year-old Spanish nurse at Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital where they were cared for was on October 6 herself diagnosed with Ebola, the first person known to have become infected with the virus outside Africa.
The government statement said the unnamed missionary arrived in Spain from Liberia on Saturday and he will be admitted to the Carlos III Hospital, which Spain has designated to handle Ebola cases.
Meanwhile, in Boston, Yale-New Haven Hospital is evaluating a patient with “Ebola-like symptoms”, the hospital said in a statement on Thursday.
The patient is one of two Yale University graduate epidemiology students who travelled to Liberia last month to advise the health ministry on using computers to track the disease, according to Laurence Grotheer, a spokesman for New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.