Madrid fires health chief after Ebola crisis

MADRID (AP) — Madrid’s regional government has fired its health chief, a doctor who raised a storm because of remarks he made about a Spanish nursing assistant who contracted Ebola.

Javier Rodriguez was removed Thursday, a day after he defended his handling of Teresa Romero’s case by saying that thanks to him she was still alive.

In October, Rodriguez was widely criticized when he implied that Romero had lied initially in saying she did not know how she contracted the virus, and then later she said she thought she touched her face with an infected glove.

Romero, who has now recovered, was the first person known to have contracted the disease outside of West Africa in the latest outbreak. She had helped treat two people who died of Ebola in a Madrid hospital.

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