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Ebola nurse ‘in serious condition’

A Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone last year is in a “serious condition” after being readmitted to an isolation unit in London.

Pauline Cafferkey previously spent a month in a specialist isolation unit
Pauline Cafferkey previously spent a month in a specialist isolation unit

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed that the virus is still present in Pauline Cafferkey’s body after being left over from the original infection.

She is not thought to be contagious. The 39-year-old has been flown back to the isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Ms Cafferkey, from Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire, spent almost a month in the unit at the beginning of the year after contracting the virus in December 2014.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said she had been admitted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on Tuesday after feeling unwell and was treated in its infectious diseases unit.

She was then transferred to the Royal Free Hospital in the early hours of Friday morning due to an “unusual late complication” in her illness.

Dr Emilia Crighton, NHSGGC director of public health, said: “Pauline’s condition is a complication of a previous infection with the Ebola virus.

“The risk to the public is very low. In line with normal procedures in cases such as this, we have identified a small number of close contacts of Pauline’s that we will be following up as a precaution.”

Government sources have described her transfer to the specialist unit as a “highly precautionary process”. BBC

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