The health condition of Dallas nurse, who was infected with Ebola, upgraded from “fair” to “good” according to the National Institute for Health Clinical Center, the clinical research hospital for the National Institutes of Health.
Announcing the improvement of woman’s condition, the clinic also said the patient “has expressed her gratitude for everyone’s concerns and well wishes,” but “no additional details are available at this time.”
Texas Gov. Perry announced the opening of a new facility with staff equipped and trained to respond quickly to any new cases of Ebola, a move designed to relieve Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital from the front line of treatment, reports LA Times.
“In the event of another diagnosis, this facility will allow us to act quickly to limit the virus’ reach and give patients the care they need in an environment where healthcare workers are specially trained and equipped to deal with the unique requirements of this disease,” Perry said during a briefing at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Ms. Pham was diagnosed with the lethal disease earlier this month after she helped Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed on U.S. soil, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. After staying in isolation for almost a week, the 26-year-old nurse was transferred to the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Maryland on Thursday for further treatment.
The unit where Pham is being treated has a staff of 50 to 60 personnel who are trained to deal with biohazards like the Ebola virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday.
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. “We’ll do everything we possibly can to make that happen.”
Pham’s dog Bentley is being cared for in Dallas and has been monitored for any signs of human/animal ebola contamination.
Nina Pham was one of the two nurses who took cake of Duncan. The other one, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, was tested positive for Ebola. Vinson was taken to Emory University Hospital near the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Oct. 15, where she is currently being treated.
The Atlanta hospital has already treated three patients infected with Ebola. Those patients have recovered and have been released. The most recent patient was an unidentified man released from the hospital Sunday after being admitted Sept. 9.
The Ebola virus outbreak has already claimed the lives of more than 4,500 people and have already infected, based on records, more than 9,000 individuals.