A 40-year old nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, has been flown to a London hospital in Glasgow for a third time since contracting Ebola.
According to reports, the 40-year-old Scots nurse from South Lanarkshire is currently in a ‘stable’ at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Ms Cafferkey was treated there twice in 2015 after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone the previous year.
A spokesman for the Royal Free said: “We can confirm that Cafferkey is being transferred to the Royal Free Hospital due to a late complication from her previous infection by the Ebola virus. She will now be treated by the hospital’s infectious diseases team under nationally agreed guidelines.”
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said Ms Cafferkey had been admitted at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow “under routine monitoring by the Infectious Diseases Unit”.
The health board said she was “undergoing further investigations and her condition remains stable”.
The nurse, from Halfway, Cambuslang, contracted the virus while working as part of a British team at the Kerry Town Ebola treatment centre.
She spent almost a month in isolation at the Royal Free at the beginning of 2015 after the virus was detected when she arrived back in the UK.
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.
In October last year, it was discovered that Ebola was still present in her body, with health officials later confirming that she had been diagnosed with meningitis caused by the virus.
Bodily tissues can harbour the Ebola infection months after the person appears to have fully recovered.
Dr Derek Gatherer, lecturer in the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Lancaster University, said it was “now becoming clear that Ebola is a far more complex disease than we previously imagined”.
“The meningitis that Ms Cafferkey suffered from at the end of last year is one of the most serious complications of all, as it can be life-threatening. The other main rare serious complication is inflammation of the eyes (conjunctivitis and/or uveitis) which can lead to blindness, especially if supportive treatments are unavailable.”
Dr Gatherer said major post-recovery complications included “joint aches, headaches and general tiredness which can last for months”.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014 and rapidly became the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976.
Almost two years from the first confirmed case recorded on March 23, 2014, more than 11,000 people have died from the disease in six countries; Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the US and Mali.
The total number of reported cases is almost 29,000.
On January 13, the World Health Organisation declared the last of the countries affected, Liberia, to be Ebola-free.

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