Ebola scare in Alicante given all-clear

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Ebola scare in Alicante given all-clear

DEADLY virus Ebola has caused a major scare in the Spanish coastal resort of Alicante.

A Nigerian man presented symptoms of the virus at San Joan Hospital days after returning from Nigeria, including ‘physical discomfort, vomiting and bleeding’.

An emergency protocol was put in place while the man, in his 30s, was kept in isolation as doctors waited for test results.

However, doctors have now confirmed that he does not have the virus.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world’s deadliest to date and the World Health Organisation has declared an international health emergency.

A Spanish missionary priest became the first victim of the outbreak to die on European soil last week.

Miguel Parajes, 75, died at a Madrid hospital five days after being flown to Spain by military plane from Liberia.

He contracted the disease while working in a Catholic Ebola clinic there.

So far this year, more than 1,000 people have died of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

In a recent meeting in Mallorca, King Felipe and Prime Minister Rajoy discussed plans to construct treatment facilities should the outbreak hit Spain.

 

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