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UK doctors say nurse suffering Ebola relapse has improved

 

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 1, 2015 file photo, Pauline Cafferkey, a nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, smiles in the Royal Free Hospital in London. The World Health Organization says it’s possible in rare instances for patients who survived Ebola to develop the lethal disease again, when lingering virus in the body starts to replicate at high levels. That might explain what has happened to a Scottish nurse now being treated in London’s Royal Free Hospital. Pauline Cafferkey was admitted on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 for an “unusual late complication” of Ebola after having recovered from the disease in January. (Lisa Ferguson/Scotland on Sunday/PA via AP)             UNITED KINGDOM OUT     -    NO SALES     -      NO ARCHIVES

FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 1, 2015 file photo, Pauline Cafferkey, a nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, smiles in the Royal Free Hospital in London. The World Health Organization says it’s possible in rare instances for patients who survived Ebola to develop the lethal disease again, when lingering virus in the body starts to replicate at high levels. That might explain what has happened to a Scottish nurse now being treated in London’s Royal Free Hospital. Pauline Cafferkey was admitted on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 for an “unusual late complication” of Ebola after having recovered from the disease in January. (Lisa Ferguson/Scotland on Sunday/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT – NO SALES – NO ARCHIVES

LONDON (AP) — Doctors treating a Scottish nurse suffering from a rare relapse of Ebola say she has improved significantly and are hopeful she will make a full recovery.

Dr. Michael Jacobs of the Royal Free Hospital said Wednesday, October 21, that Pauline Cafferkey was hospitalized earlier this month for meningitis that developed as a result of lingering Ebola in her system. Cafferkey was treated last December for Ebola and discharged in January. Last week, she was in critical condition before being updated to “serious but stable.”

Scientists say it’s possible in some rare cases for Ebola virus to remain in the body for months, even after patients have recovered.

Jacobs said Ebola re-emerged in Cafferkey’s brain and spinal cord and that she was given an experimental drug, although it’s unknown if the drug works.

 

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