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Pauline Cafferkey transferred to Royal Free Hospital from QEUH

Friday, October 9, 2015

In the early hours of this morning Pauline Cafferkey was transferred from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow to the Royal Free Hospital in London due to an unusual late complication of her illness.

Pauline previously had the Ebola virus and this is therefore not a new infection. She has been transferred to the Royal Free Hospital in London, where she will be cared for by specialists with experience of treating patients who have previously contracted ebola.

Pauline was admitted to the QEUH on Tuesday 6 October after feeling unwell. During this time she was treated in the infectious diseases unit.

Dr Emilia Crighton, NHSGGC Director of Public Health, said: "Pauline's condition is a complication of previous infection with the Ebola virus.

"The risk to the public is very low. In line with normal procedures in cases such as this, we have identified a small number of close contacts of Pauline's that we will be following up as a precaution."

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