Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Is Ebola Free
Nina Pham, the first of two nurses who treated Thomas Eric Duncan to be diagnosed with Ebola has been declared virus free:
Nina Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after caring for an infected patient in Dallas, has been declared “virus free,” officials at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., said Friday morning.
Pham, 26, was treated at the facility, which has a special unit for patients who need advanced isolation and extended stays. Officials scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. Friday and she is expected to be discharged.
Pham, the first person to contract the disease on U.S. soil, had been part of the team that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who flew to Dallas last month before being diagnosed with Ebola. Duncan died days before it was announced that Pham had contracted the disease.
NIH director Francis S. Collins and Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, were among those set to attend the news briefing.
Yesterday, the family of Amber Ray Vinson had reported that she too was free of the Ebola virus, but this has not been confirmed by medical authorities as of yet. However, outside of Mr. Duncan’s case, this is yet another in the line of successes that American doctors have had in treating this disease. Hopefully, that record will continue.