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UK ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey no longer critically ill, say doctors

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Pauline Cafferkey, a UK nurse who contracted ebola after working in Sierra Leone, is no longer in a critical condition, doctors have confirmed.

A statement released this afternoon by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, which was treating her, said she was showing signs of improvement, but remained in isolation while receiving specialist care for the virus.

“The Royal Free Hospital is pleased to announce that Pauline Cafferkey is showing signs of improvement and is no longer critically ill. She remains in isolation as she receives specialist care for the ebola virus,” the statement said.

“Pauline Cafferkey is showing signs of improvement and is no longer critically ill”

Royal Free Hospital

Ms Cafferkey had been critically ill for over a week, after being given an experimental anti-viral drug and blood plasma treatment.

The 39-year old from Glasgow contracted the disease after working for charity Save the Children at an ebola treatment centre in Kerry Town 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.

Ms Cafferkey had told officials she was feeling unwell, but after testing her temperature six times without detecting a fever was cleared for the next leg of her journey.

The government has since confirmed that airport screening will be strengthened for health workers who have had direct contact with ebola patients and report feeling ill upon their return.

Meanwhile, Save the Children is conducting a special review to find out how Ms Cafferkey contracted the disease. The results of the investigation are expected this week.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free Hospital, London

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  • Good news. Glad to hear Pauline is improving; long may it continue.

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  • Get well soon Pauline and well done for going in the first place. You are a credit to our profession.

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