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Nurse Pauline Cafferkey discharged after latest ebola scare

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Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who originally caught the ebola virus in 2014, has been discharged following treatment in connection with the disease for a third time.

Ms Cafferkey was transferred to the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust last week, where she was treated by its specialist infectious diseases team, after being admitted to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on 23 February.

The London trust released a short statement on Sunday, which said: “Pauline Cafferkey has today been discharged from the care of the Royal Free Hospital following her admission due to a complication related to her previous infection by the ebola virus.

It added: “We can confirm that Pauline is not infectious. The ebola virus can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person while they are symptomatic.”

Ms Cafferkey was successfully treated twice last year at the specialist unit based at the Royal Free in Hampstead, after contracting ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

She was originally discharged in January 2015 but was then readmitted to the Royal Free’s high level isolation unit in October following the development of a late complication of the disease.

She was discharged from the Royal Free for a second time on 11 November 2015.

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