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UK Ebola nurse taken to hospital under police escort

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The Scottish nurse who was treated for Ebola after returning from West Africa in 2014 has been taken to hospital under police escort.

Paramedics took Pauline Cafferkey, 40, from her home in Halfway, Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, at about 09:30 on Thursday. Her condition is not known.

She contracted Ebola while working as part of a UK team at the Kerry Town Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

Ms Cafferkey has been in hospital on three occasions since returning home.

Police Scotland said the officers had “assisted in the transfer of a patient” on Thursday morning.

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She spent almost a month in isolation at the Royal Free hospital in London at the beginning of 2015 after the virus was detected when she arrived back in the UK.

Ms Cafferkey was later discharged after apparently making a full recovery, and in March 2015 returned to work as a public health nurse at Blantyre Health Centre in South Lanarkshire.

But it was later discovered that the virus was still present in her body, and she was readmitted to the same London hospital in October 2015.

She again recovered, before being treated at the Royal Free for a third time in February of this year due to a further complication related to her initial Ebola infection.

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More recently, the nurse faced a number of misconduct charges by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

These were for allegedly allowing a wrong temperature to be recorded during the screening process at Heathrow on her arrival back in the UK from Sierra Leone in 2014.

The NMC’s conduct and competence panel dismissed all charges at a hearing in Edinburgh last month after being told that Ms Cafferkey had been impaired by illness.

 

Source: bbc.com

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