After spending weeks in isolation, Dallas nurse Nina Pham is cleared to return home after being declared Ebola-free, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He later died on Oct. 8. Pham, a nurse there, contracted the disease from Duncan while he was under her care. She tested positive for Ebola on Oct. 11, causing a national stir. It was the first Ebola transmission on U.S. soil.
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Pham’s colleague, Amber Vinson, 29, also tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that evening. The following day, Pham was transported to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital’s request.
The NIH is holding a press conference about Pham’s discharge at 11:30 a.m. ET today. NIH officials are set to offer more details about her treatment and recovery during the press conference.
Pham has been transported from Texas to Bethesda, Md.
Pham’s dog, Bentley, was deemed also at risk for contracting the deadly virus and was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period will not conclude until Nov. 1. Bentley, a 1-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, will remain in quarantine at Hensley Field, a decommissioned naval air base west of Dallas.
Workers watching over Bentley have been wearing full-body protective suits to ensure they don’t catch the deadly virus in case he was infected. But the risk that a person would contract Ebola from a dog is “exceedingly low”, experts say.
Pham and her pooch will likely reunite a few days after his quarantine period concludes.
Nurse Nina Pham Returns Home After Being Declared Ebola-free