A nurse in Spain has become the first person to contract the potentially deadly Ebola virus outside of West Africa in the latest epidemic, the worst on record, authorities said Monday.
The nurse had gone into a room in a Madrid hospital that had been used to quarantine an elderly priest, Manuel Garcia Viejo, who contracted Ebola doing missionary work with victims of the same disease in Sierra Leone. The priest died Sept. 25.
About 30 other people who had cared for the missionary are also being monitored, officials said.
Also, Monday, President Barack Obama said his administration was developing added protocols for screening airline passengers for Ebola. Obama also said he was ordered increased efforts to educated medical providers on how to handed such cases, and that he would also push other large national to provide financial aid to the West African countries were the epidemic is occurring.
Obama spoke to reporters after briefed on the Ebola situation by health advisers.
The White House earlier said Monday it is not considering a ban on travel from the West African countries dealing with the Ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 3,400 people since March.
"We feel good about the measures that are already in place," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
Meanwhile, the father of a freelance NBC News cameraman being treated in Nebraska said his son suspects he may have contracted the Ebola virus from helping clean a car in Liberia after someone else died from the disease in the vehicle.
That journalist, Ashoka Mukpo, is "not certain" how he got Ebola, but "he was around the clinic ... and he does remember one instance where he was helping spray-wash one vehicle with chlorine," said Mukpo's father, Dr. Mitchell Levy.
"Disinfecting a car in which someone had died, and helping a few people do that."