Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ebola survivor nurse, transfer to a London hospital


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A BRITISH nurse who was twice successfully
treated after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone
in 2014 was yesterday admitted to a special
isolation ward in London for a third time,
health officials said.
Pauline Cafferkey, who voluntarily went to the
West African country to treat Ebola patients,
was initially admitted to a hospital in Glasgow
and later transferred to the Royal Free Hospital.
She was flown from Glasgow to London in an
isolation bed on a Royal Air Force (RAF)
Hercules military transport plane, AFP
reported.
"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," the clinic said in a statement.
"She will now be treated by the hospital's
infectious diseases team under nationally
agreed guidelines."
"The Ebola virus can only be transmitted by
direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of
an infected person while they are symptomatic
so the risk to the general public remains low,"
it added.
Cafferkey was treated twice at the Royal Free
Hospital, Britain's only isolation ward for the
lethal disease, after suffering an "unusual
complication" of her first infection.
Cafferkey was diagnosed with Ebola in
December 2014 after returning to Glasgow from
Sierra Leone.
She suffered a relapse in October 2015, when
the virus caused her to become critically ill
with meningitis before she made a full
recovery.
"It is very sad to hear that Cafferkey has once
again been admitted to hospital," said Derek
Gatherer from Lancaster University.
"The meningitis that Cafferkey suffered from at
the end of last year is one of the most serious
complications of all, as it can be life-
threatening.
"She was unlucky enough to be one of only a
handful of patients in whom it has been seen,"
he added.

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