The Scottish nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone is now in a critical condition, the London hospital treating her has said.
According to a BBC report, the Royal Free Hospital said it was “sorry to announce that the condition of Pauline Cafferkey has gradually deteriorated over the past two days”.
Ms Cafferkey has been receiving an experimental anti-viral drug and blood from survivors of the disease.
She works as a public health nurse in South Lanarkshire.
She was working in sierra leone as part of a Save the Children team. She travelled home in December via Casablanca, Morocco, and London’s Heathrow Airport.
Ms Cafferkey was screened for the disease at Heathrow and told officials she believed a fever might be developing.
Her temperature was taken seven times in total and was normal each time, so she was allowed to fly home to Scotland.
She was placed in an isolation unit at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow after becoming feverish, before being transferred by RAF Hercules plane to London and on to the Royal Free’s specialist treatment centre.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tweeted her support for Ms Cafferkey, saying: “My thoughts are with Pauline & her family at this extremely difficult time. Thanks to all who are caring for her.”