Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey ‘critically ill’ in the UK

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Pauline Cafferkey.

THE Royal Free Hospital in London said on Wednesday October 14 that Nurse Pauline Cafferkey’s condition has deteriorated and she is now critical.

Ms Cafferkey, 39, from South Lanarkshire in Scotland contracted Ebola when she was working at a treatment facility in Sierra Leone last year.

After almost a month in isolation at the Royal Free, upon her return to Britain she was discharged in January 2015 after making what was believed to be a full recovery.

However Ebola was discovered to still be in her body last week and she was taken back to the Royal Free and readmitted to the specialist isolation unit. 

On Monday of last week she spoke to children at a primary school in South Lanarkshire about her work in Sierra Leone. Hours later she attended an out of hours GP clinic because she wasn’t feeling well and was flown to London on Thursday night for specialist treatment.

Ms Cafferkey has been working as a nurse in Blantyre Health Centre close to Glasgow since March and two weeks ago she received a Pride of Britain award from Lenny Henry and Carol Voderman.

Fifty-eight people who have had close contact with Ms Cafferkey are now under monitoring by health officials.

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