A nurse in Spain has tested positive for the Ebola virus after treating a patient repatriated to Madrid from Sierra Leone, according to sources within the country’s health authorities.

Officials are now waiting for the results of a second test, which if positive would make the nurse the first patient to have been infected with the virus outside west Africa.

The nurse was part of the team attending to a Spanish missionary with Ebola who was repatriated two weeks ago. The 69-year-old missionary, Manuel García Viejo, died just four days after being brought to Madrid’s Carlos III hospital.

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