Ebola risk remains low after UK nurse recovers

The Scottish nurse found to have Ebola after arriving in Glasgow from Sierra Leone has recovered after specialist care at the Royal Free Hospital in London and has been discharged. She remains the only case confirmed in the UK, and the risk to the general public is very low. Ebola can be transmitted only by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. The nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, had been working as a volunteer for Save the Children in Sierra Leone. She left Sierra Leone on December 28 and took flights from Freetown to Casablanca and from Casablanca to London. She then transferred at Heathrow to a flight for Glasgow. The risk of infection to other passengers on the flights was considered extremely low. As a precaution, however, passengers and crew on the flights from Casablanca to Heathrow and Heathrow to Glasgow were contacted and provided with health information. Passengers who were sitting near Ms Cafferkey on the flights were followed up and monitored. It has now been confirmed that no passengers were affected by Ebola. The UK has well-established and practised infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease, and these will be strictly followed to minimise the risk of transmission. Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, said: "It is important to be reassured that although a case has been identified, the overall risk to the public continues to be low. "We have robust, well-de...
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