Ebola nurse flown to London

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Pauline Cafferkey.

AN RAF HERCULES has flown Pauline Cafferkey from Glasgow to a London hospital as signs of her previous Ebola virus return. 

The Royal Free Hospital in London is the UK´s centre for Ebola and other infectious diseases and it will be the nurse’s third stay here. A spokesperson confirmed that the nurse will be treated for “a late complication from her previous infection”. 

Further investigations had taken place at Glasgow´s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where the decision to immediately transfer her to London was decided upon. 

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Ms Cafferkey, from South Lanarkshire, first contracted Ebola in after treating patients in Sierra Leone in December 2014. The outbreak killed more than 11,000 people. 

Originally thought to have recovered from the virus after her first stay in the isolation unit in January 2015, Pauline Cafferkey, has had continued complications. 

Dr Derek Gatherer, from Lancaster University commented on the return of the virus: “In areas of the body where the immune system is not particularly active – one of these is the central nervous system, the Ebola virus can survive in very small quantities.”

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