Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish Nurse who was struck with Ebola while she was working on assignment at Sierra Leone fourteen months ago, has just been hospitalized due to a late onset of "complications" connected to the viral strain.
She was admitted to London's Royal Free Hospital on an unspecified date , but they did confirm in an announcement last Tuesday that she was brought in "due to a late complication from her previous infection by the Ebola virus," and that she "will be treated by the hospital's infectious diseases team under nationally agreed guidelines".
The hospital though also did not announce what sort of complication the nurse faced.
This is not the first time that Cafferkey was readmitted to a hospital due to complications that arose from being struck with Ebola.
Last October she was brought in due to another "late complication", but UK health officials were quick to point out that it wasn't a relapse of the dreaded Ebola virus. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Jacobs said that the nurse's complication then was Meningitis .
"This is the original Ebola virus that she had many months ago which has been inside the brain, replicating at a very low level probably, and which has now re-emerged to cause this clinical illness of meningitis," Jacobs said.
Cafferkey eventually rebounded from meningitis, and the hospital released her on December.
More than 10,000 people have died from the Ebola Virus since the outbreak was reported in West Africa around 2014. Cafferkey was one of the volunteer nurses who were in the front lines and worked on combating this dreaded viral strain, when she worked in Sierra Leone on December 2014.
She had no idea that she had contacted the disease when she returned home to the United Kingdom , but soon after she fell ill and was admitted to intensive treatment at the Royal Free Hospital, where she was kept in isolation.
Let us hope that whatever complications she faces right now , she'll eventually heal. Front line medical workers are the reason why such dangerous diseases are kept at bay. The world owes them a lot for their service.