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British Nurse Who Survived Ebola Readmitted To Isolation Ward In ‘Serious Condition,’ Raising Questions About Body’s Ability To Eliminate Disease

Agence France-Presse: British Ebola survivor nurse back in ‘serious condition’
“A British nurse who was successfully treated in January after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone was in a serious condition in hospital Friday due to rare late complications with the virus…” (10/9).

BBC News: What are the risks of Ebola recurring?
“With British nurse Pauline Cafferkey’s readmission to an isolation unit in London after the Ebola virus was found in her body, we look at what we know about the complications of the virus and the implications for survivors…” (10/9).

Financial Times: Scots nurse ‘serious’ with Ebola after-effects as epidemic fades
“…[Cafferkey’s] readmittance comes as West Africa has recorded its first week without a new case since the epidemic began in March 2014, and demonstrates how Ebola can remain a threat to survivors — and potentially those close to them — months after their apparent recovery…” (Ward, 10/9).

Reuters: Ebola’s persistence in survivors fuels concerns over future risks
“A growing awareness of how the Ebola virus can hide in parts of the body such as eyes, breasts, and testicles long after leaving the bloodstream raises questions about whether the disease can ever be beaten. Virologists said Friday’s case of a Scottish nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, who had recovered from Ebola but is now suffering complications adds to signs that the virus is a long-term health risk and can lead to a ‘post-Ebola syndrome’…” (Kelland, 10/9).

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