We seriously need to shut down flights coming in from Africa, for now. What is the problem? Do you want World War 3? Against the modern day Bubonic plague? Get with it and stop putting the American people at risk!!
The Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person to die of the virus in the U.S. has been identified as 26-year-old Nina Pham.
Health officials have not released the nurse’s name, but Yahoo News identified Pham through public records and a state nursing database.
Today, Pham’s family confirmed her identity to local Dallas ABC News affiliate WFAA.
Pham, a critical care nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, is one of at least 50 people who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan before he died last Wednesday.
Pham has been in isolation since late Friday. The CDC confirmed her Ebola diagnosis on Sunday. It is the first time the deadly virus has been transmitted in the United States.
The Dallas resident is a 2010 graduate of Texas Christian University and has been a nurse since June 2010, according to state records.
The CDC director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said Pham is in stable condition at Texas Health Presbyterian. An unidentified person Pham had close contact with last week is also being monitored, but Frieden said that individual has shown no symptoms of Ebola.
Investigators have not determined how Pham specifically contracted the disease from Duncan, who died on his 10th day of intensive care at the hospital.
Tom Ha, a longtime friend of Pham’s family, told the Dallas Morning News that it is in the nurse’s genes to go out of her way to assist others.
In addition to retraining in infection control, other immediate changes at Texas Health Presbyterian include a buddy system so Ebola caregivers spot one another while dressing and undressing in protective gear. The type and amount of protective gear is being reviewed to see if the removal might be too cumbersome and prone for mistakes. The number of health care workers treating an Ebola patient will be reduced as will the number of repetitive procedures, both of which might help reduce the risk of worker exposure. Staff will also wear respiratory protection in an Ebola patient’s room when carrying out procedures that increase exposure to bodily fluids.
Dallas Animal Services removed Bentley, Pham’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to an undisclosed location where it will be cared for. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told WFAA that Bentley would not be euthanized like Excalibur, the dog belonging to a Spanish nurse with Ebola.