Pauline Cafferky, a nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, is now being treated for an " unusual complication" of the virus.
The nurse lives in Glasgow, Scotland and flew through London, England on her return home from Sierra Leone.
Cafferkey was flown to London from Glasgow, and is being treated in an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. The people who have been in contact with the nurse are now being monitored by authorities.
She was transferred by a military aircraft to the hospital in Hampstead, London. Officials at the Royal Free Hospital stated “We can confirm that Pauline Cafferkey was transferred from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow to the Royal Free London Hospital in the early hours of this morning due to an unusual late complication of her previous infection by the Ebola virus."
"She will now be treated in isolation in the hospital’s high-level isolation unit 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, and the NHS has well-established and practised infection control procedures in place."
"The Scottish health authorities will be following up on a small number of close contacts of Pauline’s as a precaution.”
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