Ebola In Glasgow Female Nurse With Deadly Virus Pictured Being Transferred To London Hospital
A Scottish nurse who became the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly deadly Ebola virus virus while in the UK is being transferred to London for specialist medical care.
The female healthcare worker flew from to Scotland after working in Sierra Leone. She had flown to Heathrow via Casablanca in Morocco before heading to Glasgow, where she arrived late on Sunday.
After being treated in Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Gartnavel Hospital, she is now being moved to Royal Free Hospital in London.
Surrounded by a large plastic quarantine tent, workers in full hazmat suits were pictured loading her onto a military plane in the early hours of this morning.
The nurse had been transported to Glasgow Airport in a convoy of ambulances and police cars.
ReutersVirus: The female healthcare worker flew from to Scotland after working in Sierra Leone
Officials are closely monitoring anyone who has been in close contact with the unnamed Ebola victim.
The Royal Free Hospital”s infectious diseases unit is restricted to trained medical staff.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said officials are now trying to find passengers and crew on both her British flights “as a precaution”.
But he added: “The risk is very low to other passengers because she wasn’t exhibiting feverish symptoms.”
She was admitted to hospital yesterday after feeling unwell. At 7.50am she was put in isolation.
The Scottish government said the risk to others is “extremely low” and it is thought the patient may have only had direct contact with one other person since she was diagnosed.
PATransferred: The woman is said to be in a stable condition
An NHS infectious diseases consultant last night said the woman was stable – which “should translate into a good prognosis”.
Charity Save the Children said the nurse was one of a group of NHS volunteers at the British-built Ebola treatment centre in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone, which opened in November.
It is understood the woman was screened at Sierra Leone and Heathrow but did not show symptoms of Ebola.
She is due to transfer to an isolation unit in London’s Royal Free Hospital as soon as possible.
A spokesman for that hospital, where UK nurse William Pooley was successfully treated this year, said the transfer timing was not yet clear.
He added: “We confirm we are expecting to receive a patient who tested positive for Ebola.”
Paul Cosford, medical director for Public Health England, told Sky News the woman was "very brave".
He said: "She is a very brave person who was fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. She is en route to Royal Free where she will receive the best possible treatment for her disease."
He added that the woman was admitted to hospital in the early hours of the morning, shortly after arriving home from Sierra Leone the previous evening, and she had not exhibited any severe symptoms of the disease, meaning there was a low risk of transmission to other passengers.
"The most important thing to remember about Ebola is it is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids – diarrhoea, blood or vomit.
"She only had a fever and when people have a fever they do not transmit the virus. We believe the risk to the public is low."