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After a fortnight in isolation, good news for UK Ebola patient

The Scottish native had been critically ill after contracting the virus.

Ebola epidemic The Royal Free, where Pauline Cafferkey is receiving treatment, Source: Yui Mok

PAULINE CAFFERKEY, THE Scottish Ebola patient, is no longer in critical condition.

She was admitted to the Royal Free London hospital on 29 December. The hospital released a statement today, saying:

The Royal Free Hospital is pleased to announce that Pauline Cafferkey is showing signs of improvement and is no longer critically ill. She remains in isolation as she receives specialist care for the Ebola virus.

Pauline Cafferkey is a trained nurse who contracted the virus while doing volunteer work with Save the Children in Sierra Leone. On 3 January, the hospital announced that her condition had deteriorated.

Previous to this, she had agreed to take an experimental anti-viral drug.

Cafferkey has been in isolation since she was admitted to Royal Free.

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In a statement last week, her family said:

We would like to thank all our friends, family and the members of the public who have contacted us with support following Pauline’s diagnosis with Ebola. We have been very touched by the kind words. Pauline continues to be in a critical condition at the Royal Free Hospital. We want to thank all the staff caring for her for their kindness, support and compassion. Pauline’s condition could remain the same for some time and we would again ask for her and our privacy to be respected.

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