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A UK nurse given the all-clear from Ebola last year is now in a 'serious condition'

Pauline Cafferkey was airlifted from Glasgow to London after a “complication” from the virus.

Pauline Cafferkey speaking to the media in January of this year after she was released from hospital.
Pauline Cafferkey speaking to the media in January of this year after she was released from hospital.
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Updated 2.45pm

A BRITISH NURSE who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has been transferred to an isolation unit in London after an “unusual late complication” with her illness.

Pauline Cafferkey was treated for the virus last December but was re-admitted to hospital in Glasgow on Tuesday after feeling unwell. While in hospital in Glasgow she was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s isolation unit.

The nurse was moved to the Royal Free Hospital in London last night, where she is being treated by doctors who have experience of treating patients who have previously contracted Ebola.

A statement from the hospital says that she is in a “a serious condition”.

Sky News is reporting that Cafferkey was transported from Glasgow to London in a military aircraft under supervision.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital had earlier confirmed that her current condition is a complication of previous infection with the Ebola virus but is advising the public that the risk of infection is very low.

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The virus can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person while they are showing symptoms.

“The risk to the public is very low,” the hospital said in a statement.

“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.”
Cafferkey contracted the virus last year and after three weeks of treatment in December 2014 was given the all clear and was discharged. It was thought that she’d made a full recovery.

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