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Expert: Unusual for Ebola virus to be detected again

The detected return of the Ebola infection in British nurse Pauline Cafferkey is "unusual", according to an expert in the field of virus research.

Dr Derek Gatherer, a lecturer at Lancaster University, said traces of the virus could remain in certain bodily fluids for months after recovery but said it was "unusual for the virus to be detected again" in someone who had already overcome the disease.

London's Royal Free Hospital, where Cafferkey is being treated, has said the nurse had been readmitted "due to an unusual late complication of her previous infection".


Fallon: Government seeks support for Syria air strike vote

Fallon and Carter speaking at the press conference Credit: ITV News

The Government remains committed to building parliamentary support for RAF air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria despite Russia's intervention in the conflict, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said.

Following talks in London with US defence secretary Ash Carter, Mr Fallon said Russian strikes in support of President Bashar Assad risked making "a grave situation even worse".

However he made clear that ministers would not be deterred from seeking support for a new Commons vote for British warplanes to join the US and other coalition aircraft in attacking IS - also referred to as Isil - in Syria as well as Iraq.

We will continue to build the case for military action in north east Syria where Isil is headquartered, where its command and control is. Russian intervention doesn't change that. We will continue to build the case for intervention in the new parliament.

– Michael Fallon
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