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Undated handout photo of Pauline Cafferkey

Undated handout photo of Pauline Cafferkey

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Pauline Cafferkey, a British nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola on her return to Glasgow from Sierra Leone, remains in a critical condition, but she has "stabilised" the UK's Health Secretary said yesterday

Pauline Cafferkey, a British nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola on her return to Glasgow from Sierra Leone, remains in a critical condition, but she has "stabilised" the UK's Health Secretary said yesterday

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Undated handout photo of Pauline Cafferkey

The British nurse infected with the Ebola virus remained in a critical condition in intensive care last night.

She has been monitored at the Royal Free Hospital in London after undergoing experimental transfusion therapy with blood plasma donated by previous survivors.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said last night that Pauline Cafferkey, who was the first person in Britain to be diagnosed with Ebola following her return from Sierra Leone, had deteriorated gradually over the previous few days.

"She remains in a critical condition and we are not expecting to make any further announcements today," the spokeswoman said.

Ms Cafferkey was admitted to the Royal Free last Tuesday after being diagnosed the previous day by doctors in Glasgow, where she had arrived from Heathrow after flying from Sierra Leone via Casablanca in Morocco.

She had undergone several health checks during her journey and despite complaining of feeling feverish she was allowed to continue to her home in South Lanarkshire.

British prime minister David Cameron insisted yesterday that the UK has "proper arrangements" in place to screen people who may have contracted the Ebola virus while visiting West Africa, and that he would accept medical advice to introduce quarantine measures if they were needed.

Asked whether airport screening was failing, Mr Cameron said: "We should have a precautionary principle in place. If you're still in doubt, if there is uncertainty, there [are] proper arrangements for you to go to Northwick Park Hospital in Middlesex to be observed and have further tests there before going further."

Ms Cafferkey (39) was one of 30 NHS volunteers who went to work in the British-built Kerry Town Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone run by Save the Children. All 71 fellow passengers on the BA flight from Heathrow to Glasgow have been contacted. (© Independent News Service)

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