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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

#HNNHealth UK has it's FIRST #Ebola case and in emergency mode.

The patient being transferred from hospital in Glasgow
Ms Cafferkey left hospital in Glasgow in the early hours of Tuesday
The United Kingdom (UK) has recorded its first case of the Ebola virus, in a healthcare worker who just returned to the country from Sierra Leone.

Hospital authorities said that the victim whose identity was not revealed came to the city on Sunday night and has been in isolation at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital, while all possible contacts with the case are being investigated.

The national health service said that the patient is believed to have had contact with only one other person since arriving in the city, but that all passengers on the flight she took will be traced.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in an emergency meeting on Monday said that as a precaution, Health Protection Scotland has traced and contacted or left messages with 63 of the 70 other passengers who were on the same flight from London to Glasgow with the patient.

According to UK and Scottish protocol, for anyone diagnosed with Ebola, the patient will be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free Hospital, London. Nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who is battling Ebola at a London hospital, could be offered plasma from patients who have survived the virus.

The treatment contains antibodies that should help fight the infection.

British nurse William Pooley has donated plasma, Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies confirmed.

Other available treatments include antiviral drugs, but there are no stocks left of ZMapp - the drug used to treat Mr Pooley.

He recovered from Ebola in September after being treated at the Royal Free Hospital, in Hampstead, north London, where Ms Cafferkey is currently being cared for.

Having fought off the infection, his blood should help others do the same.

Dame Sally said it would be up to Ms Cafferkey and her doctor to decide which treatments to use, adding: "The cornerstone of treatment remains fluid and electrolyte treatment."

With files from Leadership and BBC News

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