Cafferkey readmitted to London hospital

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Written by Alex Veeneman

Pauline Cafferkey, the nurse from Scotland who had contracted the Ebola virus after working as a volunteer in Sierra Leone, has been readmitted to hospital.

Cafferkey was transferred to the Royal Free Hospital in London early Friday by helicopter after being admitted Tuesday to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.



In a statement, Dr Emilia Crighton, the public health director for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said her admission to hospital came after a complication from the previous infection of the virus.

“Pauline’s condition is a complication of previous infection with the Ebola virus,” Crighton said. “The risk to the public is very low. In line with normal procedures in cases such as this, we have identified a small number of close contacts of Pauline’s that we will be following up as a precaution.”

Cafferkey was previously released from hospital after contracting the virus working as a volunteer for Save The Children in Sierra Leone, according to a report from the BBC.

In a statement, Royal Free Hospital said Cafferkey was in a serious condition. Cafferkey is being treated in an isolation unit, the statement adds.