Teresa Romero, Spanish Nursing Assistant Infected with Ebola, Declared Free of the Disease

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Teresa Romero, the Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola, was declared free of the disease Sunday.

The 44-year-old, who contracted the disease after treating missionary priests with Ebola after they returned home from West Africa, has recovered after two weeks of treatment in Madrid. She reportedly has no traces of the virus remaining in her bloodstream, according to test results released by the Spanish government.

Romero is believed to have been the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa in the current outbreak. Two U.S. nurses contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man who died at a Dallas hospital.

Romero, who tested positive on Oct. 6, told officials she remembered touching a glove to her face after leaving the hospital room of one of the priests, Father Miguel Pajares, who died Sept. 25.

Romero, who was treated with blood plasma from people who have been infected with Ebola, remains quarantined at Madrid's Carlos III hospital and must have a second Ebola test to ensure that she is virus free.

Her husband, Javier Limon, is one of 15 people who came into contact with Romero after her fever began. None have shown symptoms of Ebola.

"I am very happy today, because we can now say that Teresa has vanquished the disease," Limon said Sunday night.

Romero still does not know that her mixed breed dog, Excalibur, was euthanized on Oct. 8, much to the outcry of people on social media. U.S. authorities have quarantined the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel belonging to Nina Pham, the infected Dallas nurse still recovering from Ebola in a Maryland hospital.

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