Op-Ed: Early this week a nurse who had returned to the UK after working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola. Saturday her condition is described as critical.
Pauline Cafferkey arrived at Heathrow airport late Sunday. She and fellow Ebola carers were questioned about their health and had their temperatures taken. She passed through border security without a problem and carried on her journey home to Scotland.
Early Monday she reported sick and within hours tested positive for the Ebola virus; the UK authorities claimed the threat of infection to other passengers, on her flights first from Africa and then across the UK, was minimal but the hunt was on to track them all down.
Ms Cafferkey was initially cared for in an isolation-unit at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital but later transferred to a special isolation unit at the Royal Free in London.
Was it wise to move Pauline across the UK?
She was moved to the best Ebola treatment unit in the UK but surely that should be available inside and outside London?
Earlier this week media sources reported Pauline would be given Ebola experimental Ebola fighting drugs.
She was reportedly responding well but Saturday he condition has deteriorated.
Nurses across the UK are still signing up to work in affected countries in Africa in the fight to stop Ebola.
Local nurse Sara Cundy, 32, is one volunteer nurse about to undergo training and jet off to Africa. She will undergo a week's training before flying out to Sierra Leone to work in an Ebola treatment centre. As an infection control nurse at Castle Hill hospital Sara is used to treating diseases but the working conditions in Africa will be nothing like working in an NHS hospital.
Sara told the Hull Daily Mail this week "It is not a zero risk, but it's a low risk. I'd be more worried walking down Anlaby Road in case I'm hit by a bus."
As someone who lives ‘down Anlaby Road’ I know what she means but disagree.
One similarity though is looking after your own safety and not taking unnecessary risks.