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Doctor admits misleading medics over Pauline Cafferkey temperature

A doctor has admitted misleading other medics by concealing Pauline Cafferkey’s raised temperature before she became seriously ill with Ebola.

Hannah Ryan, who volunteered in Sierra Leone in her first year after graduating from medical school, was one of the medics who assessed Cafferkey following the Scottish nurse’s return to the UK in 2014.

Ryan wrote down a temperature 1C lower than it actually was during a “chaotic” screening process at Heathrow airport on 28 December 2014, a medical practitioners tribunal heard on Monday.

A raised temperature can be the first sign of Ebola, which can kill within five days. Cafferkey, who twice nearly died from the virus, went on to develop one of the worst cases on record for people treated in the west.

The tribunal in Manchester heard on Monday that Ryan recorded Cafferkey’s temperature as being 37.2C despite knowing it was at least 38.2C – above the average body temperature of 37C and higher than the 37.5C threshold requiring further assessment by a consultant in infectious diseases.

Read more in The Guardian.

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