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Pauline Cafferkey has meningitis caused by Ebola

Pauline Cafferkey 'has a long recovery ahead of her'

Doctors treating nurse Pauline Cafferkey have confirmed she was readmitted to hospital with meningitis caused by her original Ebola infection.

A press conference held this afternoon at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where Ms Cafferkey is being treated, heard that she had been critically ill but has made a 'significant improvement'. 

Infectious diseases consultant Michael Jacobs announced that the Ebola virus has been in Ms Cafferkey's brain 'replicating at a low-level for some time and has now re-emerged', causing the meningitis. 

Ms Cafferkey contracted Ebola while working at a centre in Sierra Leone last December. She was treated at the Royal Free and was able to leave after a month. Earlier this month she became ill again and was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, then transferred to the Royal Free on October 9.

Dr Jacobs said: 'At one stage she was critically ill following neurological complications, but she has since made a significant improvement.

‘She remains in our isolation tent where she is not well enough to get out of bed, but is able to speak to staff, use an iPad and eat a little.

‘We are delighted with her progress but she has a long recovery ahead of her and will remain with us for quite a while still.’

Dr Jacobs said Ms Cafferkey had been keen for information about her condition to be shared to help other Ebola victims.

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