Ebola Nurse Cafferkey To Be Moved To London


Nurse Pauline Cafferkey is to be transported by an RAF Hercules to London for a third stay in hospital there since contracting Ebola.

Ms Cafferkey is expected to be taken from Glasgow to the Royal Free Hospital, according to Sky sources.

The hospital has the UK”s only high-level isolation unit used for treating infectious diseases.

Pauline Cafferkey ebola nurse to be flown to London in RAF Hercules from Glasgow

The news comes just hours after it was revealed Ms Cafferkey, from South Lanarkshire, had been admitted again to Glasgow”s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for “further investigations”.

Ms Cafferkey first contracted Ebola in December 2014 after treating patients in Sierra Leone at the height of the outbreak which killed more than 11,000 people.

She spent almost a month being treated in the isolation unit at London”s Royal Free Hospital.

Ms Cafferkey was discharged in January 2015 after it was thought she had recovered from the virus.

But on 9 October last year she was flown from Glasgow back to the Royal Free Hospital by a military plane after an “unusual late complication” caused her to fall ill again, with meningitis caused by Ebola.

Dr Derek Gatherer, from Lancaster University, previously told Sky News that people who fight off Ebola produce antibodies that “kill off the virus in most bodily fluids”.

But he added: “In areas of the body where the immune system is not particularly active – one of these is the central nervous system … the Ebola virus can survive in very small quantities.”

Also at the time of Ms Cafferkey”s re-admission last year, Dr Michael Jacobs, from the Royal Free, described the situation as “unprecedented”.

He said: “This is the original Ebola virus she had many months ago which has been inside the brain, replicating at a very low level, and has now re-emerged to cause this clinical illness of meningitis.”

At one point she was described as “critically ill” but she was discharged from hospital again in November last year, with doctors saying she had made a “full recovery”.