Ebola Nurse Pauline Cafferkey Faces Misconduct Hearing for ‘Hiding Fever’

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Pauline Cafferkey enters an isolation tent before boarding a RAF Hercules at Glasgow Airport, Glasgow, Scotland, on February 23, 2016. Cafferkey is to appear before the Nursing and Midwifery Council over claims that she hid a fever and was dishonest to medics at Heathrow Airport. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

A British nurse who survived ebola is facing a misconduct hearing based on claims that she hid her temperature and gave dishonest answers to medics on her return to the UK from Africa.

Pauline Cafferkey, 40, was infected while working at a treatment centre in Sierra Leone in 2014. She returned to London and travelled to Scotland before being diagnosed, and spent almost a month being treated in an isolation unit at London's Royal Free Hospital.

Cafferkey recovered, but was readmitted to hospital on two separate occasions after suffering complications linked to the disease, at one stage falling critically ill.

She will be appear in front of a panel led by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as she is alleged to have given dishonest answers to medical staff during a routine screening at Heathrow Airport in London.

The NMC, which has been investigating Cafferkey's conduct, alleged at that stage that she "allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded" on December 29, 2014, and "intended to conceal from Public Health England staff that you had a temperature higher than 38C."

Cafferkey says she hopes the misconduct hearing, to be held on September 13, will dismiss the claims.