Ebola nurse readmitted to hospital due to complications from virus

An ambulance pulls away from The Royal Free hospital in north London on Janurary 3, 2015, where Pauline Cafferkey was in critical condition. She is once again in critical condition after suffering a relapse. ( JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa has been readmitted to the hospital due to complications from the virus. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, is said to be “critically ill,” and is being treated in the isolation unit of the Royal Free Hospital in London. She spent almost a month in the Royal Free at the beginning of the year after it was discovered that she had contracted Ebola while working at a treatment center in Sierra Leone. Cafferkey was discharged and thought to have made a full recovery, but it appears that the virus is still lodged in her system. Dr. Ben Neuman, a virologist at the University of Reading, told the BBC that medical professionals “don’t know what Ebola looks like the second time around or after a big relapse like this. Right now, [Cafferkey] has had this virus about three times as long as the other previous record holder.”

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