Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey monitored around the clock as condition ”could be changing minute-by-minute”


Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey was still being monitored around the clock today as experimental treatments were used to battle the deadly virus.

A spokeswoman for London’s Royal Free Hospital told the Mirror there was no significant change in her condition but admitted it “could be changing minute-by-minute”.

The hero medic from South Lanarkshire contracted Ebola while treating victims in Sierra Leone and is being given an experimental antiviral drug along with blood plasma from survivors of the disease.

The doctor treating her Dr Michael Jacobs had confirmed she is currently going through a “crucial few days” but does not expect to make a reliable prognosis this week.

He is considering whether to use further experimental drugs to combat the little understood virus.

Public Health England is expected to issue an update today on its efforts to trace around 200 people who may have come into contact with Pauline between Casablanca and Glasgow on the second and third legs of her flights from Sierra Leone via Heathrow on Sunday.

Most are understood to have been reached by phone and given advice.

Pauline was part of a 30-strong team sent to Africa by the Government last month and was working for the charity Save the Children based in Kerry Town.

The current Ebola outbreak in west Africa has killed 7,905 people according to the World Health Organisation.

Since Christmas Eve a further 317 Ebola fatalities have been confirmed in the region