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Spanish Government Faces Protests, Criticism Over Ebola Response

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Health workers protest against WHO protocols outside Carlos III Hospital where Ebola infected Spanish nurse Teresa Romero is being treated in Madrid on October 14, 2014. (Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)
Health workers protest against WHO protocols outside Carlos III Hospital where Ebola infected Spanish nurse Teresa Romero is being treated in Madrid on October 14, 2014. (Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

Spain's government is scrambling to quell anger over alleged safety blunders in the case of an assistant nurse infected with Ebola — the first such transmission outside Africa.

Nurses and hospital cleaning crews have walked off the job, saying they got just 15 minutes of Ebola training.

The ambulance that carried the infected nurse wasn't sterilized before being used seven more times. EMTs complain they weren't given hazmat suits. It took the Spanish government five days to create a crisis committee. By then, more than a dozen more people were hospitalized for possible exposure.

Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid.

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  • Lauren Frayer, Spain and Portugal correspondent for NPR & Los Angeles Times. She tweets @lfrayer.

This segment aired on October 14, 2014.

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