Pauline Cafferkey admitted to hospital again

Pauline Cafferkey admitted to hospital again

- UK nurse who contracted Ebola in 2014 back on admission at the hospital again

- Pauline is down with meningitis

- Pauline is under constant monitoring at the hospital in Glasgow

- African countries like Liberia declared Ebola free by WHO

Pauline Cafferkey admitted to hospital again

Pauline Cafferkey is in hospital for a third time since contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone in 2014

Pauline Cafferke, a Scottish nurse has been admitted to the hospital for the third time since contracting Ebola in 2014.

The 40-year-old from South Lanarkshire is under routine monitoring by the Infectious Diseases Unit  at the Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Ms Cafferkey was treated at London's Royal Free Hospital twice in 2015 after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone. She contracted the virus while working as part of a British team at the Kerry Town Ebola treatment centre in 2014.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "Under routine monitoring by the Infectious Diseases Unit, Pauline Cafferkey has been admitted to hospital for further investigations."

She spent almost a month in isolation at the Royal Free at the beginning of 2015 after the virus was detected when she arrived back in the UK and was later discharged after apparently making a full recovery, and in March returned to work as a public health nurse at Blantyre Health Centre in South Lanarkshire.

In October last year it was discovered that Ebola was still present in her body, with health officials later confirming she had been diagnosed with meningitis caused by the virus. Bodily tissues can harbour the Ebola infection months after the person appears to have fully recovered.

Dr Derek Gatherer, lecturer in the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Lancaster University, said it was becoming clear that Ebola is a far more complex disease than previously imagined.

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He said: "The meningitis that Ms Cafferkey suffered from at the end of last year is one of the most serious complications of all, as it can be life-threatening.

Dr Gatherer said major post-recovery complications included "joint aches, headaches and general tiredness which can last for months".

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and rapidly became the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976. Almost two years on from the first confirmed case recorded on 23 March 2014, more than 11,000 people have been reported as having died from the disease in six countries; Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the US and Mali.

The total number of reported cases is almost 29,000. On 13 January, 2016, the World Health Organisation declared the last of the countries affected, Liberia, to be Ebola-free.

 

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