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British Ebola Nurse Critical but in Stable Condition

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on January 6, 2015 at 5:59 PM
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 British Ebola Nurse Critical but in Stable Condition

A British nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, who is being treated for Ebola at London's Royal Free hospital, is in a critical but stable condition, reported Britain's health minister. The nurse contracted the disease while working as a volunteer with the charity 'Save the Children' in Kerry Town, not far from Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said, "As has been reported, Pauline's condition has deteriorated to a critical state although she stabilized yesterday and continues to receive the best possible care."

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Doctors treating the Scottish nurse said that she would be treated with blood plasma from an Ebola survivor containing virus-fighting antibodies as well as an experimental anti-viral drug.

Experts will review the training, safety protocols, how protective equipment is used, and working practices of volunteers in the charity. The charity's Sierra Leone director Rob MacGillivray said, "Because of this very serious event we have put in an extraordinary review to ensure that we do everything, leave no stone unturned to, as far as possible, identify the source of this infection."

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