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old girl mistakenly took hun-
dreds of packets of heroin to
her day care centre and
began passing them out to
classmates, thinking the
drug was candy, Delaware
State Police said yesterday.
Several children who re-
ceived the packets Monday
morning went to the hospital
as a precaution, police said.
But no packets were opened,
and all of the children were
released after being exam-
ined. Police say the child un-
knowingly brought the
heroin to the centre when
her mother gave her a differ-
ent backpack because the
girl s regular backpack had
been ruined by the family
pet. Police say the backpack
contained nearly 250 packets
of heroin, totalling nearly 4
grammes (0.14 ounces), all
The girl s mother, Ashley
Tull, 30, of Selbyville, was
charged with three counts of
child endangerment and
maintaining a drug property.
She was arraigned Monday
in Justice of the Peace Court
and released on US$6,000
MADRID---Three more people were under
quarantine yesterday for possible Ebola at
a Madrid hospital after a Spanish nursing
assistant became infected there, authorities
said. More than 50 others were being mon-
itored as experts pressed to figure out why
Spain s anti-infection practices failed.
Health authorities were investigating how
the nursing assistant, part of a special team
that cared for a Spanish priest who died of
Ebola last month, became infected. She was
the first case of Ebola being transmitted
outside of West Africa, where a months-
long outbreak has killed at least 3,500 people
and sparked social unrest.
Her case highlighted the dangers health
care workers face while caring for Ebola
patients---more than 370 health care workers
in the hardest-hit countries of Liberia,
Guinea and Sierra Leone have died.
Dr William Schaffner, an infectious disease
expert at Vanderbilt University, said her case
shows that health workers can be at risk
not only in West Africa but in the sophis-
ticated medical centres in Europe and the
The virus that causes Ebola spreads
through direct contact with the bodily fluids
of an infected person.
Officials said the Spanish nursing assistant
had changed a diaper for the priest and col-
lected material from his room after he died.
Dead Ebola victims are highly infectious
and in West Africa their bodies are collected
by workers in hazmat outfits.
Meanwhile, a Norwegian doctor infected
with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone
arrived back in Norway for treatment yes-
terday. Officials gave no details about her
condition but said she was in an isolation
ward at Oslo University Hospital.
News of the Ebola quarantines spooked
investors yesterday because Spain is one of
Europe s biggest tourist destinations. Shares
of Spanish airline and hotel chain companies
slumped as investors feared the Ebola case
might scare away travellers.
The nursing assistant, reportedly in her
40s, was not identified to protect her privacy
but union officials she had 14 years of expe-
rience and authorities said she had no chil-
Jose Ramon Arribas, the chief of the Carlos
III hospital s infectious disease department
where she was under quarantine, said she
was being treated with blood plasma from
an unidentified cured Ebola victim.
The hospital also had an experimental
anti-viral drug called Favioiravir available
if needed, he said.
The nursing assistant s husband has
shown no signs of having the disease but
was hospitalised as a precaution, said Dr
Francisco Arnalich, head of internal medicine
at the Carlos III hospital.
Health authorities identified her as a nurse
Monday night but said yesterday she was
a nursing assistant.
A nurse who also treated the priest who
died September 25 was put into quarantine
after experiencing diarrhoea but she did not
have a fever.
And a Spanish engineer who arrived home
after travelling to Nigeria was also under
quarantine but his first test was negative
The Health Ministry s chief co-ordinator
for emergencies, Fernando Simon, rejected
criticism that authorities were slow to react
to the case, but about 20 health care workers
at the hospital protested outside yesterday.
They called for the resignation of Health
Minister Ana Mato amid claims by union
officials that Spanish health workers have
not received adequate anti-infection training
or the most modern Ebola protection equip-
The nursing assistant went on vacation
after Garcia Viejo died but health officials
said she did not leave the Madrid area. (AP)
JERUSALEM---Israel fired toward Hezbollah
positions in southern Lebanon yesterday, after the
Shiite guerrillas set off an explosion along the tense
border that wounded two Israeli soldiers, in the most
serious incident between the two countries in months.
The Israeli military said soldiers were on a patrol
when an explosive device went off. Israeli troops then
found a second explosive device on the Israeli side of
the border, which was detonated by Israeli bomb
squads. Israeli forces then responded by firing artillery
toward two Hezbollah positions in Lebanon.
On its Al Manar TV station, Hezbollah issued a
statement claiming responsibility for the blast, saying
it targeted an Israeli patrol. The admission marked a
rare instance of an open clash between the two bitter
enemies and a stark flare-up after years of relative
Israel and Lebanon have been in a state of war for
six decades, but the border area has remained largely
quiet since a month-long war in the summer of 2006
between Israel and Hezbollah. There have been
sporadic outbursts of violence since then.
Israel suspects that Hezbollah may be looking to flex
its muscles along the border to deflect attention away
from its struggles in fighting against Islamic rebels in
Syria. Israeli officials said yesterday's attack marked an
escalation, but they did not expect it to devolve into an
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
Israel has "proven that we will respond strongly
against any attempts to harm us."
The incident comes two days after Israeli soldiers
opened fire after what they said was a border breach
in the Shebaa farms area. Lebanon's military countered
that one of its army outposts came under Israeli fire,
and one soldier was lightly wounded. (AP)
ANKARA---Kurdish protesters clashed with police in
Turkey yesterday and forced their way into the
European Parliament in Brussels, part of Europe-wide
demonstrations against the Islamic State group's
advance on a town on the Syrian-Turkish border.
One protester in Turkey was reported killed.
The activists are demanding more help for the
besieged Kurdish forces struggling to hold onto the
Syrian town of Kobani. Some European countries are
arming the Kurds, and the American-led coalition is
carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic extremists,
but protesters say it isn't enough.
A demonstrator in Cyprus urged the coalition to "hit
the jihadists harder" so that Kurdish forces can hold
the town. Tensions are especially high in Turkey, where
Kurds have fought a three-decade-long battle for
autonomy and where Syria's violence has taken an
especially heavy toll.
Protests were reported in cities across Turkey
yesterday, after Islamic State fighters backed by tanks
and artillery engaged in heavy street battles with the
town's Kurdish defenders.
A 25-year-old protester was reported killed
yesterday in the town of Varto. The private Dogan
news agency said he was killed by gunfire, while the
state-run Anadolu Agency reported that he was hit by
a gas canister. The pro-Kurdish Firat news agency also
reported the death.
Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse
demonstrators in Istanbul and in the desert town of
Kucuk Kenderciler, near Kobani on the Turkish side of
the border. (AP)
Alarm in Spain
More health workers under Ebola quarantine
Girl, 4, takes heroin to day care
Israel fires into Lebanon
after Hezbollah attack
Violent protests as Kurds
seek help against Isis
Hospital staff walk out past police guarding the entrance to the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, Spain, yesterday, where a Spanish nurse who
is believed to have contracted the Ebola virus is being treated. The staff demanded the resignation of Health Minister Ana Mato for the
handling of the case. AP PHOTO
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