UK Ebola nurse back in hospital for third time

By The Citizen

British nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been admitted to hospital for the third time since contracting the Ebola disease.

Ms Cafferkey, 39, was rushed to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital after showing signs the deadly virus had returned.

The health worker was originally infected while working in Save the Children treatment facility in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone in December 2014.

She spent almost a month in an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London, before being discharged in late January.

A report from the charity in February said she was probably infected as a result of using a visor to protect her face rather than goggles.

It said she was unable to use the standard protective goggles because she could not get them to fit properly.

She was discharged after making a recovery but fell ill again in October last year and was again treated at the Royal Free for meningitis caused by Ebola.

Forty people were offered vaccinations after she was found to have fallen ill again with her family claiming doctors ‘missed a big opportunity’ to spot it.

After being re-admitted to the Royal Free she was treated with the experimental drug GS5734.

At one point the Scottish nurse was described as ‘critically ill’ but was released in November and transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, in Glasgow, to continue her recovery and later returned home.

She is now being treated again at the same hospital. – Daily Mail.