Spanish nurse now free of the Ebola virus, blood test shows

Teresa Romero Ramos, 44, is the first person known to have contracted the disease outside West Africa in the current outbreak. She tested positive for the virus Oct. 6 and has since been in isolation at Carlos III hospital in Madrid.

A statement Sunday said a blood test revealed that Romero’s immune system had eliminated the virus from her body. The statement came from the Spanish government committee in charge of the nation’s response to Ebola. A second test in the coming hours is needed to absolutely confirm Romero’s recovery, said Manuel Cuenca, microbiology director at Madrid’s Carlos III healthcare complex.