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The 24 false positives are the fourth time that hospital in Barcelona has tested negative for the viral infection
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Twenty-eight doctors and nurses at a hospital in Barcelona have tested positive for a rare virus that can cause the deadly infection C1 positive, Spain’s national blood bank said on Tuesday.
Eight of the doctors and nurses working in intensive care units at Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron hospital are continuing to receive medication for the infection after being identified by the virus laboratory at the National Health Institute, the Bilateral National Blood Resources authority (ANSFP) said in a statement.
There are no plans for the others to be given the treatment because there is no risk of spreading the infection, which has been definitively identified, it said.
The 24 patients who tested positive are the fourth time that the Vall d’Hebron hospital had tested negative for the virus since December 2016.
The hospital was closed for cleaning of its essential buildings on Monday after a health inspection, it said in a statement. It urged people to contact their doctors immediately if they developed chest pains or other symptoms of the virus.
Tests on the 48 victims who remain at the hospital have also shown they are in good health, the statement said.
Covid had previously been detected in Austria, France, Switzerland, Britain and in countries on three continents, ANSFP said.
Liver failure is the most common result of the infection, but there is also risk of meningitis and encephalitis.