Charity looks for source of nurse’s ebola infection

The charity Save the Children said yesterday it would leave no stone unturned to find out how a British nurse contracted ebola at a facility in Sierra Leone.

Charity looks for source of nurse’s ebola infection

Save the Children’s Sierra Leone director Rob MacGillivray told BBC the charity would investigate the circumstances surrounding the infection of Pauline Cafferkey who had worked for the charity at a treatment centre in the country.

“We have put in an extraordinary review to ensure that we do everything, leave no stone unturned, to be able to as far as possible identify the source of this infection,” MacGillivray told the BBC.

Cafferkey, 39, remains in a critical condition but has “stabilised”, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs yesterday. She was diagnosed with the disease last week after she returned to Britain.

The ebola outbreak was first identified in Guinea’s remote southeast in early 2014. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have borne the brunt of the 20,000 infections and nearly 8,000 dead.

MacGillivray said the investigation would focus on how protective equipment was used and person-to-person contact.

Cafferkey is being treated with blood plasma from an ebola survivor and an experimental anti-viral drug.

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