Is the UK now at risk of having a full blown Ebola epidemic? The question has become very important since the volunteer nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, has become critical following her infection with the Ebola virus. This was announced last Saturday.
How about the other passengers who flew with her on the same flight? Is it necessary to put them in quarantine? We know how virulent Ebola is. Once it gets inside our body, there’s nothing our immune system can do about it. Our body’s defenders will succumb to it immediately and will even start working with.
The government should address this question immediately before the disease starts spreading if, indeed, others were infected. There are now more than 20,000 cases in West Africa, a densely populated area compared to the UK. Around 8,000 were reported dead. The diseases has also been re surging in Liberia.
The 39 year old returning nurse had been diagnosed with Ebola late last December. She was treated with an experimental Ebola virus drug but it seems it didn’t work at all.
Mrs. Cafferkey is from Scotland, a health worker who was assigned to West Africa and was returning from Sierra Leone to Glasgow passing by Casablanca in Morocco.
It has been reported that the other passengers of her flight have now been located and are under advisement. What’s the next step to take? Were there other people aside from the passengers that Mrs. Cafferkey had been in contact with? There were too many lapses in protocol with this case. Hopefully, the toll for these mistakes won’t be too high. God forbids.
A brief statement on the hospital’s website said: “The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is sorry to announce that the condition of Pauline Cafferkey has gradually deteriorated over the past two days and is now critical.”