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Scottish Ebola nurse is back in hospital for the third time

The virus was previously shown to have made her contract meningitis.

Ebola epidemic Pauline Cafferkey pictured in January 2015 Source: Lisa Ferguson/Scotland on Sunday/ PA Wire

THE SCOTTISH NURSE who contracted the Ebola virus during the 2014 epidemic has been admitted to hospital for a third time.

Pauline Cafferkey was initially admitted to hospital in Glasgow before being flown to London on an RAF Hercules.

The 40-year-old is in a stable condition at the Royal Free Hospital.

In a statement this evening, the hospital said that she had been admitted due to complications related to her previous infection with Ebola.

She will be treated by its infectious diseases team under nationally agreed guidelines.

Ebola epidemic Pauline Cafferkey at Glasgow Airport before being flown to London earlier today Source: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The hospital’s statement also said the Ebola virus can only be transmitted through the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person while they are displaying symptoms, so the risk of contraction for the general public remains low.

Cafferkey contracted the virus while working as part of the British team at an Ebola treatment centre at Kerry Town in Sierra Leone.

In October 2015 it was discovered that the Ebola virus was still present in her body and had caused her to develop meningitis. 

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