Madrid Ebola sufferer
Teresa Romero Ramos was believed to be the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa Facebook

A Spanish nurse who defeated the deadly virus of Ebola is now asking for €150,000 (£117,781) in compensation for defamation, Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reported.

Teresa Romero Ramos, from Madrid, tested positive to the virus after she assisted two Spanish missionaries who returned from Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries worst hit by the disease.

Romero Ramos was put in quarantine together with her husband, who did not show any symptoms, while the couple's dog was put down over fears it could infect humans.

It is believed that Romero Ramos contracted the virus when she touched her face with the gloves she used to attend one of the two missionaries.

After being declared no longer at risk of dying, Romero Ramos accused Madrid's health minister of making comments that tarnished her reputation.

Javier Rodríguez sparked outrage when he accused Romero Ramos of having lied about the way she had contracted the virus.

He also said: "You don't need a Masters to learn how to put on and take off a suit" and "some people are better at learning than others".

When questioned about his comments, which many deemed as "inappropriate", Rodríguez said: "I said she might have lied because she's hidden information and taken days to admit she's made a mistake."

Romero Ramos is now demanding compensation to "clean up her image".

The nurse added she will donate the money to animal protection charities, if she wins the case against the minister.

Ebola is spread by contact with infected bodily fluids. Its symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, and body aches.

The current outbreak - the worst in history - has killed more than 5,300 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia since last January.