Ebola nurse Caf­fer­key now ‘crit­i­cally ill’

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A nurse who con­tracted Ebola while work­ing in West Africa is now “crit­i­cally ill” with com­pli­ca­tions aris­ing from the in­fec­tion.

Pauline Caf­fer­key was read­mit­ted to a spe­cial­ist iso­la­tion unit at the Royal Free Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don last week.

The hos­pi­tal said in a state­ment that her con­di­tion had de­te­ri­o­rated.

Ms Caf­fer­key, from Cam­bus­lang in South La­nark­shire, con­tracted Ebola while work­ing at a treat­ment cen­tre in Sierra Leone last year.

She spent al­most a month in iso­la­tion at the Royal Free at the be­gin­ning of the year af­ter the virus was de­tected when she ar­rived back in the UK.

She was later dis­charged af­ter ap­par­ently mak­ing a full re­cov­ery, but it was dis­cov­ered last week that Ebola was still present in her body.

Bod­ily tis­sues can har­bour the Ebola in­fec­tion months af­ter the per­son ap­pears to have fully re­cov­ered.

A state­ment re­leased by the hos­pi­tal on Tues­day said: “We are sad to an­nounce that Pauline Caf­fer­key’s con­di­tion has de­te­ri­o­rated and she is now crit­i­cally ill.

“She is be­ing treated for Ebola in the high level iso­la­tion unit at the Royal Free Hos­pi­tal.”

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