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UK Nurse 'critically ill' of Ebola

Ebola returns to ‘cured’ nurse

Pauline Cafferkey is critically ill with complications from Ebola. Source: AP

A British nurse who contracted Ebola in West Africa and went on apparently to make a full recovery is now critically ill with complications from the disease.

Pauline Cafferkey was readmitted to a specialist isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London, where her condition has deteriorated.


Ms Cafferkey, 39, contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone last year. She spent almost a month in isolation before being declared free of the disease.

However it was found last week that the virus was still present in her body. She is also suffering from meningitis caused by the virus

The hospital said: “We are sad to announce that Pauline Cafferkey’s condition has deteriorated and she is now critically ill.


“She is being treated for Ebola in the high level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital.”

Bodily tissues can harbour Ebola for months after a victim appears to have recovered. A report published today has found that it can remain in male survivors for up to nine months, although it is not yet known if it is infectious during this time.


The report in the New England Journal of Medicine found that two-thirds of men had Ebola in their semen after six months, and a quarter after nine.

A separate study, in the same journal, reports Ebola was spread through sex with a survivor six months after their symptoms were first seen.

Ms Cafferkey’s symptoms began a week after she had attended a reception at Downing St with British PM David Cameron’s wife Samantha.


She attended Victoria Hospital in Glasgow but was sent home, despite her telling medical staff she had recently been close to death with the disease. But 48 hours later after the symptoms worsened she was taken to London by a military aircraft.


Fifty eight people who had come into close contact with the nurse were being monitored, a Scottish health official said.
Source: The Australian


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