DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The first nurse from Dallas to to get infected with the deadly ebola virus is finally getting some good news.
On Tuesday Nina Pham’s clinical status was upgraded to ‘fair’ to ‘good’ according to the National Institute for Health Clinical Center, the clinical research hospital for the National Institutes of Health.
The hospital says Pham expresses her gratitude for everyone’s concerns and well wishes.
Pham was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit in Maryland on October 16 with Ebola virus disease.
Pham was one of the Dallas health care workers who cared for Thomas Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States. Duncan died from the virus after more than 10 days under hospital care. Pham was diagnosed with Ebola a few days after Duncan’s death.
Doctors remain confident in their ability to help Pham recover. “We fully intend to have this patient walk out of this hospital,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci at a recent press conference. “We’ll do everything we possibly can to make that happen.”
Fauci stated that Pham’s mother and sister are now also staying in the Maryland area, and that Pham will leave “when she’s free of the virus.”
There has been no recent update on the condition of the second Dallas nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, who was also infected with ebola.
Pham’s dog Bentley is being cared for in Dallas and has been monitored for any signs of human/animal ebola contamination.
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