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British Ebola nurse 'critically ill' at London hospital

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British Ebola nurse 'critically ill' at London hospital


A British nurse, treated successfully in January after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone, is now “critically ill.”

Pauline Cafferkey, 39, is in a high-level isolation unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital after suffering rare, late complications.

She was transferred from Glasgow to the capital early on Friday morning.

Cafferkey, from South Lanarkshire, Scotland, spent several weeks in an isolation unit at the Royal Free at the beginning of the year after contracting the virus in December 2014.

She was the first person to have been diagnosed with Ebola on British soil. She was discharged in January after seemingly making a full recovery.

The Ebola virus can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person while they are symptomatic.

The Royal Free said last week that the risk to the general public remained low.

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