Scottish nurse with Ebola in serious condition in hospital
Ebola is one of the world’s most lethal illnesses, with a mortality rate of more than 60%. The first recorded event of the disease was two instantaneous outbursts in 1976 near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Recently the first cases of the present outbreak in West Africa were identified in March 2014. It is the first major and most complicated outbreak of Ebola since the Ebola virus was first learned. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were the countries which were most affected by the outbreak, since these countries suffer from weak health systems and instability with respect to finances.
As of October 4 2015, 11,312 people have died worldwide after the Ebola outbreak. This comprises of tourists and travellers in Europe and America who returned back after their trips to West Africa.
1 Who is the nurse?
Scottish Pauline Cafferkey who is 39 years old is said to be in a grim condition at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Her second attack of Ebola came just after ten days of receiving a Pride of Britain award from Lenny Henry and Carol Vorderman and met Samantha Cameron in Downing Street the following day. She was flown in by the RAF from Glasgow in emergency condition.
She had developed an uncommon late problem as an outcome of the original Ebola infection and tests have shown that the virus is still remaining and alive in her body. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted: ‘Thoughts with Pauline Cafferkey today as she battles Ebola for the second time’, after she had to confirm the reversion of the Ebola virus.
Dr Emilia Crighton, NHSGGC director of public health, said: “Pauline’s condition is a complication of a 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.”