Spain woman free of Ebola virus, 2nd test shows

Teresa Mesa, left, spokesperson of Ebola patient Teresa Romero speaks to the media in front of the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Spain says a test has shown a nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola is now clear of all traces of the virus. A blood test has revealed that Teresa Romero's immune system has eliminated the virus from her body, according to a statement released by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's office late Sunday. Romero, 44, had treated two patients who died of Ebola at Carlos III hospital. The first, Miguel Pajares, contracted the disease in Liberia and died on Aug. 12 despite having been treated with the experimental drug ZMapp. The second was Manuel Garcia Viejo who died, aged 69, on Sept. 25. (AP Photo/Gabriel Pecot)

MADRID (AP) — Doctors say a second and conclusive test shows a Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola is completely clear of the virus.

Jose Ramon Arribas of the Carlos III hospital said Tuesday the blood test showed Teresa Romero’s immune system had eliminated the virus.

Romero, 44, battled for her life after she tested positive Oct. 6 and was admitted to the Madrid hospital.

Doctors say she began to show signs of recovery last week. She first tested negative Sunday.

Romero received plasma from a recovered Ebola patient but health authorities have disclosed no more treatment details.

She was the first known person to contract the disease outside of West Africa in the latest outbreak.

A spokeswoman for Romero says she is expected to remain at the hospital about two more weeks.

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