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BETHESDA, Maryland (CBSDFW.COM) – There are new developments Friday involving the two Ebola patients from Dallas who are now hundreds of miles away from Texas.
Nina Pham is approaching 24 hours at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda. But, her condition was actually downgraded to “fair” after making the trip to Maryland from North Texas.
Nurse Amber Vinson continues to receive treatment for Ebola at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Sources tell CBS 11 News she isn’t doing as well as Pham.
Both of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas nurses treated U.S. ‘patient zero’ –Thomas Eric Duncan.
As for Pham, the first North Texas nurse to contract Ebola from Duncan, doctors said that despite her condition not being as good as when she left they believe it could improve quickly. They also said they may have something very important to learn from the 26-year-old that could save lives later.
Doctors said Pham was tired after her journey Thursday night. While her condition is now listed as fair, they said that doesn’t necessarily mean her physical symptoms have worsened.
Doctor Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said, “She’s very fatigued. This is a virus that really wreaks havoc on you. I mean, you can come in and have a decrease in diarrhea and a decrease in vomiting but you are still very, very tired.”
When asked about Pham’s contact with health workers NIAID deputy clinical director Dr. Rick Davey said, “She’s resting comfortably. She’s interacting with the staff. She’s eating. She’s able to interact freely. I think she’s really doing quite well.”
Pham is now staying in the world’s largest clinical research hospital — that means they’re researching as they’re healing.
In a video made about the facility, Dr. John Gallin, director of the National Institutes of Health, said patients describe the facility as the ‘house of hope.’
As it stands, there is a group of 10 to 12 highly trained infectious disease experts watching over Pham 24 hours a day. In their care/research they’re exploring the question as to whether a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor and Fort Worth native Dr. Kent Brantly helped improve Pham’s chances of survival.
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