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Former Bermuda nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone in 2014, has been rushed to hospital for a fourth time.

Ms Cafferkey, who worked at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital from September 2005 to February 2007, was taken to Queen Elizabeth University hospital in Glasgow under police escort this morning.

She is undergoing monitoring and tests from infectious disease specialists, and is in a stable condition.

The 40-year-old from Lanarkshire, Scotland has suffered repeated medical complications since being infected with the viral disease while volunteering for goodwill organisation Save the Children.

When she was first discharged from hospital in January 2015, doctors said that Ms Cafferkey — the first Ebola case to be diagnosed in Britain — had made a complete recovery.

However, she was readmitted after falling critically ill in October 2015 and returned to hospital again in February this year.

Ms Cafferkey has also endured legal difficulties after being accused of hiding her high temperature at a Heathrow Airport screening upon returning from the African country in December 2014, thereby putting others at risk from the infectious disease.

She fought back, claiming to have been scapegoated for the “catalogue of errors” in the screening process.

Last month, Ms Cafferkey was cleared of two charges of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council,

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted words of support for the health worker this morning.

She said: “Sending my very best wishes to Pauline Cafferkey. She has already suffered way too much — & all for trying to help others. Thoughts with her.”

Pauline Cafferkey.

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Published October 06, 2016 at 11:40 am (Updated October 06, 2016 at 5:40 pm)

Ebola nurse Cafferkey returns to hospital

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