Ebola charity worker in hospital for a third time

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Pauline Cafferkey has been re-admitted to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

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23rd February 2016 by Paul Cardwell 0 Comments

A Scottish charity worker who contracted Ebola while helping to fight the disease in Sierra Leone has returned to hospital for a third time.

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey, from Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, was admitted to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital to be monitored in its infectious diseases unit. She is to be flown to London’s Royal Free Hospital by an RAF Hercules aircraft later today.

A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "Ms Cafferkey was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital under routine monitoring by the infectious diseases unit.

"She is undergoing further investigations and her condition remains stable."

She is undergoing further investigations and her condition remains stable

A spokesman for the Royal Free said: "We can confirm that Pauline Cafferkey is being transferred to the Royal Free Hospital due to a late complication from her previous infection by the Ebola virus.

"She will now be treated by the hospital's infectious diseases team under nationally agreed guidelines."

Cafferkey contracted Ebola working as a volunteer with Save the Children at a treatment centre in Kerry Town, in Sierra Leone.

She was diagnosed on 29 December 2014, after returning to Glasgow via London.

Her temperature had been tested seven times before she flew from Heathrow to Glasgow and she was cleared to travel, before later falling ill.

After her recovery Cafferkey faced a ‘fitness to practise’ by the Nursing and Midwifery Council but was cleared.

She fell ill again in October last year and was diagnosed with meningitis after it was confirmed that Ebola was still present in her body. Health officials revealed they had discovered the infection could be harboured long after patients appear well again.

More than 11,000 people were reported to have died from the outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the US and Mali.

Last month the World Health Organisation declared Liberia, the last of those countries affected, to be Ebola-free.

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