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Ebola UK nurse readmitted for specialist treatment

Scottish nurse flown back to London

Adrian O'Dowd

Friday, 09 October 2015

Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey who was treated for Ebola previously has been moved from Glasgow to London for specialist treatment after a “complication of previous infection”.

Ms Cafferkey contracted the disease in Sierra Leone in December of last year while working as a volunteer for the Save the Children charity at a treatment centre in Kerry Town.

She was put in an isolation unit at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital after becoming ill in December and was subsequently transferred to London’s Royal Free Hospital and placed in its specialist isolation unit. She recovered and was discharged in January.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said Ms Cafferkey had been admitted to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on Tuesday after she became unwell again and was treated in its infectious diseases unit.

Today, Ms Cafferkey was transferred to the Royal Free Hospital in London due to an “unusual late complication” of her illness, said a NHSGGC spokesperson.

The spokesperson said she would be cared for by specialists with experience of treating patients who have previously contracted Ebola.

Dr Emilia Crighton, NHSGGC director of public health, said: “Pauline's condition is a complication of previous infection with the Ebola virus.

“The risk to the public is very low. 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.”

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