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Scottish Ebola nurse is readmitted to isolation unit in London

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5426 (Published 09 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5426
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone last December, has been readmitted to an isolation unit in London after an “unusual late complication.”

Experts have warned that the Ebola virus may persist in asymptomatic individuals and be a potential reservoir of the virus, although they added that the risk of transmission from these individuals seemed to be very low.

The virus can persist for weeks or even months in some parts of the body, such as the eye or semen, long after it has disappeared from the blood. In August the World Health Organization said that around half …

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