(CNN) – A nurse’s assistant in Spain is the first person known to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa in the current outbreak.
Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato announced Monday that a test confirmed the assistant has the virus.
The woman had helped treat a Spanish missionary and a Spanish priest, both of whom had contracted Ebola in West Africa.
Both died after returning to Spain.
Health officials said she developed symptoms on September 30. She was hospitalized Sunday.
An investigation is under way to find everyone she may have had contact with while contagious. So far, there are no other known cases.
She was one of about 30 health professionals in Spain who helped to treat the Ebola patients.
The news came amid growing fears in the United States that the disease could spread.
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