Spanish Nurse Thought to Be First Person Infected With Ebola Outside of Africa

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BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 11:  A doctor for tropical medicine prepares a blood sample for analysis during a demonstration for the media of ebola treatment capabilities at Station 59 at Charite hospital on August 11, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The specialized quarantine unit at Station 59 is among a handful of facilities in Germany nationwide that are capable of handling ebola cases. According to media reports a German medical student currently in Ruanda is showing signs of the disease, though should he in fact have ebola it is so far unclear whether he would be flown to Germany for treatment. The disease has so far claimed over 1,000 lives in western Africa in recent weeks.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

An unnamed Spanish nurse is thought to be the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa, according to BBC News. The nurse tested positive in initial tests, but doctors are still awaiting final results.

As part of the team treating Spanish priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, who contracted the disease while abroad in Sierra Leone, the nurse may have been exposed to the deadly virus. Viejo later died in a Madrid hospital.