Spanish Nurse Is First Person to Contract Ebola Outside of Africa

A nurse in Spain has become the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa in the latest epidemic, authorities said on Monday.

The woman, who was described as a "sanitary tech," last month treated a priest in Madrid who later died of Ebola after contracting the virus while doing missionary work in Sierra Leone.

The elderly priest, Manuel Garcia Viejo, was treated in Madrid's Carlos III hospital, where he had been in quarantine since his return from Africa. He died on Sept. 25. The nurse entered the priest's room once upon his death.

Six people have been treated for Ebola in the United States, and one developed symptoms in America, but each first came into contact with the virus while in West Africa.