Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse that was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the UK, has been taken off of the critical condition list, as announced by the London Royal Free Hospital. She was being treated at the London hospital’s intensive care unit for nearly two weeks. While her situation was touch-and-go for many days, it appears that she has crossed the hurdle and is on the road to a full recovery.
Her treatments for Ebola involved the use of plasma from people that have recovered from the virus. She was also treated with an experimental antiviral medication. Since the treatments have become effective in her case, the hospital announced that she is, “showing signs of improvement and is no longer critically ill.”
Nurse Cafferky was first admitted to the hospital in Glasgow on December 29, 2014. She was returning from Sierra Leone to her home in Scotland. She was a healthcare volunteer in the West Africa country that was helping to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.
While no antiviral drugs for Ebola have been approved for general use or sale by the FDA or its European equivalent. Doctors across the globe are currently experimenting with several drugs that are not approved for sale yet.
Over 8,000 people have died from the recent 2014-2015 outbreak of Ebola in Africa. While there have been a few spot cases of the virus detected in Europe and North America, so far all of those cases are from people (primarily healthcare workers) traveling from Africa.
We’re so happy to hear of your improvements nurse Cafferky, and we wish you a speedy full recovery!
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