Spanish nurse said to be Ebola-free following treatment in Madrid

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Spanish nurse said to be Ebola-free following treatment in Madrid

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The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests appears to have overcome the disease.

Officials at a Madrid hospital said Teresa Romero had tested negative following treatment with an experimental drug and serum containing antibodies from Ebola survivors.

Later today (October 20) European foreign ministers are to meet to discuss Europe’s response to the virus which has killed at least 4,500 people in West Africa.

On Sunday German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said the European Union should pool its resources:

“The magnitude of the Ebola crisis calls for a comprehensive approach encompassing all the instruments of our common foreign and security policy. We should therefore consider sending our own civilian EU mission. This would mean that even those member states which don’t have national arrangements on the ground would have a platform for sending medical personnel.”

Meanwhile Brussels airport has become the latest to screen passengers travelling from the Ebola-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The US, France and Britain are already taking the temperatures of passengers arriving from West Africa.