Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Headed Home After Testing Ebola-Free


Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse infected with Ebola as she treated dying patient Thomas Eric Duncan, is free of the virus, National Institutes of Health officials said Friday.

According to NBC News, “She has no virus in her. She feels well,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH told reporters.

Pham, who was diagnosed Oct. 12, was moved four days later to the NIH hospital outside Washington, which has a special biocontainment unit.

Her fellow nurse Amber Vinson tested virus-free earlier this week, her family said, but stayed in a biocontainment unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for a few more days of treatment.

Pham, 26, was the first person to contract the virus on U.S. soil. NIH officials were scheduled to give more details on her release from the hospital later Friday.

Nina said she is thrilled to be heading home to regain her strength, and can’t wait to see  her dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bentley, which was quarantined after Pham tested positive. The dog was tested negative for the virus earlier this week, just fyi.

Yay!! This is wonderful news! Wishing you a full recovery Nina!

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