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Nurse Pauline Cafferkey tests negative for Ebola after being rushed to hospital

By Ben Philip

Published 07/10/2016

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey
Nurse Pauline Cafferkey

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who was rushed to hospital for a fourth time since her return from Africa, has tested negative for the Ebola virus, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said.

Ms Cafferkey was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow under police escort yesterday morning. She was undergoing "routine monitoring" by the infectious diseases team and remains in a stable condition, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said.

The nurse was infected with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone as a volunteer for Save The Children.

On her return at the end of 2014, she was quickly struck down and was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Ms Cafferkey was discharged in January 2015, with doctors saying she had completely recovered and was not infectious.

But she was readmitted to hospital twice - in October 2015 and February 2016 - after complications linked to the disease, at one stage falling critically ill.

An NHSGGC spokeswoman said: "Due to Ms Cafferkey's past medical history, appropriate precautionary measures were taken whilst further investigations were carried out.

"We are pleased to report that tests for the Ebola virus are negative."

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