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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey’s condition improves

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There has been an improvement in the condition of Pauline Cafferkey, the nurse experiencing late complications of an ebola infection.

Ms Cafferkey’s condition was critical but has now stabilised, said a statement released today by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, where she is being treated in a special isolation unit.

“We are able to announce that Pauline Cafferkey’s condition has improved to serious but stable,” the trust said.

“We are able to announce that Pauline Cafferkey’s condition has improved to serious but stable”

Royal Free

The nurse was re-admitted to hospital 10 days ago due to an “unusual late complication” of her previous infection by the ebola virus earlier this year.

She was transferred to the Royal Free from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow during the early hours of 9 October, when her condition was described as “serious”.

However, on 14 October, the Royal Free warned that Ms Cafferkey’s condition had deteriorated and that she was critically ill.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever

Ebola virus

Ms Cafferkey was first treated for ebola at the Royal Free’s special isolation facilities in January, where she spent more than a week after being given an experimental anti-viral drug and blood plasma treatment.

The 39-year old contracted the disease after working for charity Save the Children at an ebola treatment centre in Kerry Town in Sierra Leone over the Christmas period.

She returned to the UK on 28 December and was allowed to board a connecting flight at Heathrow Airport in London to Glasgow when officials failed to detect the virus during the screening process.

A subsequent investigation by the charity concluded she was most likely to have contracted ebola by wearing a visor as part of her personal protective equipment instead of the standard goggles normally provided.

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  • Glad to hear there is some improvement in her condition. May it continue.

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