(Bloomberg) — The U.K. charity Save the Children initiated an extraordinary review of safety procedures at an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone in an effort to understand how a Scottish nurse caught the lethal virus.
The nurse, 39-year-old Pauline Cafferkey, spent three weeks in December tending to Ebola patients at the treatment center Save the Children operates in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone. She is now in critical condition at the Royal Free Hospital in London. A Cuban doctor who became infected at the same center was flown to Geneva for treatment in November and has recovered.
The investigation is looking at how staff puts on and removes protective gear and at contact people have had inside the treatment center as well as outside, Save the Children’s Sierra Leone director Rob MacGillivray told the BBC in a video interview.
“Because of this very serious event, we have put in an extraordinary review to ensure that we do everything and leave no stone unturned to, as far as is possible, identify the source of this infection,” MacGillivray said. “We’re confident our protocols are working.”