- The UK's health minister says Pauline Cafferkey has "completely recovered from Ebola"
- The UK nurse suffered from meningitis caused by Ebola; she's heading to a Glasgow hospital
- She had been discharged about nine months ago, after first being diagnosed with Ebola
The Royal Free Hospital announced in a press release Thursday
that Pauline Cafferkey had been discharged the day before. The nurse is not totally out of the woods medically, though, as she's being transferred closer to home to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
Still, it's very good news for the only person diagnosed in Britain in the latest Ebola outbreak, a fact that made her a symbol of that deadly virus and health workers' heroic role in fighting it.
British Health Minister Jeremy Hunt went so far as to say Cafferkey had "completely recovered from Ebola," while Cafferkey thanked the health workers who helped make it possible.
"For a second time staff across many departments of the hospital have worked incredibly hard to help me recover and I will always be grateful to them and the (National Health Service)," Cafferkey said in a statement.
"I am looking forward to returning to Scotland and to seeing my family and friends again."
Team went to Sierra Leone to battle Ebola
Her return is the latest in a long, winding road for the public health nurse, one that began last year when she left her post in Scotland's South Lanarkshire area to join a 30-person team deployed by the UK government to work in Sierra Leone with Save the Children.
Back then, the Ebola virus
was in full swing. Many health workers jumped into the melee, trying to save lives. (As of this week, the World Health Organization reports
more than 28,600 confirmed cases and 11,000 deaths from the disease.)