Two reports of possible Ebola cases has prompted health officials in two areas of Spain to institute preventive protocols. According to a report in La Voz de Galicia (computer translated), the Department of Health announced that the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona activated its preventive protocol after a Senegalese man presented with symptoms consistent with infection by Ebola.
The man arrived at the emergency department on Thursday evening. In addition, although he lived in Barcelona for the past five years, he was in Conakry, Guinea, one of the outbreak countries, from 17 to 19 August.
Local media reported that the chief of infectious diseases of the Hospital, Josep M. Gatell, said that the possibilities of an Ebola case are very low because the patient has been in an area of Guinea far away from the most affected areas.
Another suspected case was reported in the city of Zaragoza in the autonomous community of Aragon. It is reported the man of African origin came to the ER with symptoms consistent with infection by Ebola. He was placed in isolation at the Royo Villanova Hospital. No travel history to the affected areas of Africa were noted for this patient. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page