First case of Ebola in Europe confirmed by WHO

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A WFP distribution centre in the heavily-populated West Point neighbourhood of Monrovia in Liberia, which was quarantined in response to the Ebola outbreak. Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

The Spanish authorities have notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the first case of Ebola in Europe.

WHO said on Tuesday they were informed of the case late on Monday.

The victim is reportedly a female Spanish healthcare worker.

Fadela Chaib, spokesperson for WHO in Geneva, spoke to the press in French about the case.

(Fadela Chaib followed by English interpretation, under and out)

Ms Chaib said Spain is currently carrying out a medical investigation and analysis in order to know more about the case.

She added that more information would soon be available from WHO's regional office in Denmark.

As of last Friday, the Ebola outbreak disease had claimed the lives of 3,431 people in West Africa.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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