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British Ebola Nurse Now ‘Critical’ In Hospital

Pauline Cafferkey’s health has deteriorated in the last two days, say staff at the hospital where she is being treated.

A British nurse battling Ebola in a London hospital is now in a critical condition, medical staff say.

A statement from the Royal Free Hospital said the health of Pauline Cafferkey, who was diagnosed after travelling back to Glasgow from Sierra Leone, had deteriorated over the past two days.

Ms Cafferkey, who was part of a team of medical volunteers deployed to Africa by the UK Government last month, is being treated using the blood of a recovered patient and an experimental anti-viral drug which has not yet been proven to work.

Earlier this week Dr Michael Jacobs, who has been involved in Ms Cafferkey’s treatment, said she had been sitting up and talking – adding she was able to read, eat and drink and had spoken to her family.

However, he revealed the hospital was unable to obtain ZMapp, the drug used to treat fellow British volunteer nurse William Pooley, who recovered, because “there is none in the world at the moment”.

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