A UK nurse who contracted ebola earlier this year after working in West Africa has been re-admitted to the Royal Free Hospital in London due to an “unusual late complication” of the illness.
Pauline Cafferkey was first treated in special isolation facilities at the Royal Free London Foundation Trust last January, where she was critically ill for more than a week before being allowed to return home to Scotland.
However, last night she returned to the Royal Free after being transferred from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where she was admitted on Tuesday.
“Pauline’s condition is a complication of previous infection with the ebola virus…The risk to the public is very low”
The 39-year-old was taken to the hospital, run by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, after feeling unwell and was treated in its infectious diseases unit. She has now been moved to the isolation unit at the Royal Free.
Dr Emilia Crighton, director of public health at the Scottish health board, said there was a “very low” risk of the infection being passed on, but some of the people Ms Cafferkey had come into contact with would be followed up.
“Pauline’s condition is a complication of previous infection with the ebola virus,” said Dr Crighton.
“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,” she added.