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US seeks permission to use Spanish bases in Ebola operation

The United States has asked the Madrid government for permission to use the US air bases in Spain in its operation to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa, a Defence Ministry source has said.

The source is quoted by Reuters as saying that teh bases would be used as "a transit point for logistics and engineers building up field hospitals in Liberia and Sierra Leone".

Spanish nurse infected with Ebola showing signs of 'slight improvement'

A Spanish nurse infected with Ebola is showing signs of "slight improvement", the Spanish government has said.

Fernando Simon, Emergency Coordinator at the Spanish Health Ministry, said that Teresa Romero's viral count "appears to be getting under control":

The viral count that Teresa has appears to be getting under control; this is a very important point, this creates high hopes that the infection is coming under control. But we have to be very careful. It is a hopeful sign but obviously a person with Ebola is always in a critical situation because of the seriousness of the disease.

– Fernando Simon, spain's health ministry

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Hundreds protest over killing of 'Ebola-infected' dog

Hundreds of Spanish protesters took to the streets of Madrid again today to show their outrage at the killing of a dog thought to be infected with Ebola.

A placard is hung on a dog reading 'Excalibur, we won't forget nor forgive' Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas

The Labrador-type breed, named Excalibur, belonged to a Spanish nurse who is believed to be the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa.

Two dogs wear T-shirts reading 'I'm also Excalibur' Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Teresa Romero Ramos' husband, Javier, is being held in quarantine at a hospital in Madrid along with 15 others to check for signs of the virus.

Javier previously released a video urging authorities not to euthanise their dog.

Hundreds of people protesting against the killing of a dog believed to have Ebola Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Ebola Spanish nurse remains 'stable' in hospital

A Spanish nurse, who is the first person outside of Africa to contract Ebola, is "stable" in hospital despite earlier reports her condition was critical, health officials said.

Spanish nurse Teresa Romero, who has contracted the Ebola virus. Credit: Facebook

Teresa Romero remains in a serious condition in hospital, a Carlos III hospital spokeswoman said offering no further information on the nurse's situation.

Mrs Romero contracted the virus while treating a Spanish missionary who became infected in west Africa and later died.

Hospital to review putting on and taking off Ebola suit process

The chain of putting on and removing a protective suit while treating Ebola will be reviewed, said a spokesman for Hospital La Paz, Carlos III, where a Spanish nurse is being treated for the deadly disease.

Teresa Romero Ramos has contracted Ebola. Credit: Facebook

He added that if any part of the outer suit had come in contact with Teresa Romero it would have been glove-to-face.

The hospital is aware of allegations that a mistake might have been made and will clarify with Mrs Romero what she thinks happened, he said.

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CCTV shows Spanish nurses cleaning Ebola victim's room

Spanish nurses were captured on CCTV cleaning a hospital room of the missionary who died from Ebola.

It is not clear whether Teresa Romero, who is believed to be the first person outside of Africa to contract the deadly disease, is one of the nurses pictured in the video.

The 44-year-old did visit Manuel Garcia Viejo's room in Spain - where he was being treated for Ebola which he picked up in Sierra Leone.

Judge rules Spanish officials can kill Ebola victim's dog

A judge in Madrid has ruled that Spanish authorities can enter the flat of an Ebola victim and put down her dog Excalibur over fears the pet could spread the deadly disease.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery has tweeted from Madrid:

Earlier, Javier Romero, the husband of Ebola victim Teresa, released a video urging authorities not to kill their dog Excalibur.

Mrs Romero is believed to be the first person to contract the deadly Ebola virus from outside of Africa.

Protesters urge authorities not to kill Ebola nurse's dog

Protesters are urging authorities not to kill the dog of a Spanish nurse who has tested positive for Ebola.

The demonstration is being held outside the flat of Teresa Romero, who is believed to be the first person to contract the disease outside Africa.

It comes after Spanish authorities said they wanted to kill Excalibur over fears the dog could spread the deadly disease.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery has tweeted from Madrid:

Meanwhile, a friend of Ms Romero and local resident told ITV News she did not trust the response to the Ebola outbreak from the authorities.

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