Spain tests 3 with fever for Ebola, isolates jet

Alan Clendenning and Jorge Sainz
Associated Press

Madrid — Three people with fever considered at risk for having Ebola were being tested Thursday in Spain for the virus, including one who arrived on an Air France jet that was isolated at Madrid’s airport as a precaution, officials said.

Other passengers were allowed to disembark, but the man with fever and shivers, who had traveled from Lagos, Nigeria, was taken by ambulance with a driver wearing full protective gear to Madrid’s Carlos III hospital.

Another person with a fever who came into contact with infected Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero before she was hospitalized on Oct. 6 was also sent to the same hospital for testing, the Health Ministry said.

And a missionary was being transported to the hospital for testing because he came down with a fever after returning to Spain from Liberia, which has been hit hard in the current Ebola outbreak, Spain’s government said in a statement.

The condition of the 44-year-old Romero appeared to be improving with the level of Ebola in her body decreasing, Health Ministry spokesman Fernando Simon said.

The Air France flight, which was carrying 163 people, was isolated in Madrid after arriving from Paris, the company said. The plane was taken to a special area of the airport to be disinfected.

Meanwhile, Danish authorities tested a medical worker who had been in West Africa.

Sweden said it would give an additional 100 million kronor ($14 million) in humanitarian aid to support efforts to fight Ebola, on top of $140 million ($19 million) pledged previously.

In Geneva, a World Health Organization official said the Ebola death toll will rise to more than 4,500 this week from among 9,000 people infected.