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A Scottish nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola nearly nine months ago is back in isolation after falling ill again this week.

Pauline Cafferkey was treating people infected with the virus in Sierra Leone when she first started to display symptoms of the disease.

Upon returning to the UK last December, she then fell into a "critical" condition and almost died. 

Flown from Glasgow as a matter of urgency yesterday, the 39-year-old is now in a specialist London hospital receiving further treatment.

Professor Paul Cosford, medical director at the Public Health England agency, said that Ms Cafferkey has exhibited an "unusual late complication".

He explained: "She was transported in a military aircraft under the supervision of experts. She will now be treated in isolation in line with nationally agreed guidelines.

"The Scottish health authorities will be following up on a small number of close contacts of Pauline's as a precaution."

Late last year, the nurse spent almost a month in the same unit with her family being told to "prepare for the worse".

Following her initial recovery, she told the BBC: "I am just happy to be alive. I still don’t feel 100 percent – I feel quite weak – but I’m looking forward to going home. I want to say a big thank you to the staff who treated me – they were amazing.

"They were always very reassuring and I knew I was in the best hands. They saved my life."

Also today, an Ebola scare has been reported in southern Nigeria – a year after the country was declared free of the virus.

One man has died, and another 10 have been quarantined. 

More than 11,000 people died in the West African Ebola outbreak, which began in March of last year.

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Emeli Sandé has shared her thoughts on the Band Aid single – and she isn’t mincing her words!

Following a week of critiscism about the Band Aid 30 Christmas single in aid of the Ebola crisis, Emili felt it was time to address the situation. 

In her statement she says she feels that not only are changes needed in the lyrics – but that a whole new song is actually required!

The singer shared a statement on her Twitter account, writing: “Dear friends, Yes, I agree the lyric needed changing, In fact I feel a whole new song is required. Angelique Kidjo and I made and sang our own edits. Unfortunately, none of these made the final cut … there is no doubt in my mind or heart that this project came from a place of pure and respectful intent … I am so proud of my Zambian heritage. No offence or disrespect to the beautiful and prosperous continent was ever intended … I apologise if the lyrics of the song have caused offence. I wish the changes had been kept but that is out of my control.”

Hmm, it sounds like this year’s Band Aid initiative is not going well at all. Just recently, Lily Allen also blasted the song, saying that she opted out because she felt the entire thing was “smug”. 

 

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It has been reported that Adele has rejected an offer to be involved with Bob Geldof’s Band Aid 30 Ebola charity song. 

Bob told The Sun that the powerful singer has not gotten back to him: “Adele is doing nothing. She’s not answering the phone…she doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone. She won’t even pick up the phone to her manager. She’s bringing up a family, you know. Some people just don’t want to do it.”

However, Bob also said that 30th anniversary single of the original Band Aid song will feature some massive talent: “There are voices here that are at least parallel to Adele. Sam Smith is her male equivalent.”

According to reports, Adele did give a donation towards the initiative. 

Will we EVER get to hear Adele’s amazing voice with new music?! 

 

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Oh nooo…did we just watch what we think we watched?!

It turns out, Amy Childs thinks that Ebola is an up and coming band and even worse, she think they’re going to be amazing.

The TOWIE star was being interviewed at the MOBO Awards by Jolyon Rubenstein when she was asked: “Have we done enough to curb the spread of Ebola?” to which she exclaimed “What?!” – bit of a strange question for a red carpet event though, no?!

The interviewer was recording as part of a TV show called The Revolution Will Be Televised and went on to ask Amy did she realise how huge Ebola was going to be to which the star replied: “Oh. They’re going to be absolutely huge.”

Oh dear. 

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Tori Spelling was hospitalised in Los Angeles over the weekend where she was isolated with Ebola-like symptoms.

Tori was rushed to hospital after a severe coughing fit as well as a fever and difficulty breathing. 

Thankfully, the actress was ruled out for Ebola but was quarantined as part of cautionary actions by the Cedars Sinai Medical Centre. 

However, Tori remains quite ill, finally being diagnosed with severe bronchitis and a sinus infection. She is currently undergoing blood tests and will see a lung specialist.

Due to her illness, the 90210 star was forced to cancel promotional events for season two of her reality TV show, True Tori.

We hope she feels better soon – it really does sounds awful!

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We know the Ebola virus isn’t in Ireland, but there have been over 1000 confirmed cases, with almost 700 deaths, so it's not a bad idea to be informed – especially if you’re going abroad this summer. Here is the lowdown on the signs and symptoms of the virus:

Signs:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Lack of appetite

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach pain
  • A rash alongside internal and external bleeding – often from the eyes, nose or mouth.
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