The family of Nina Pham, a nurse at Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, have confirmed that she is the health care worker that contracted Ebola from a patient who died of the disease last week. Pham is also the first known person to contract Ebola virus in the United States.
Pham helped treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian traveler who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. last month. It was last week that Texas health officials made it known that a worker at the hospital was showing symptoms of the disease. The diagnosis was confirmed on Sunday.
The director of the Center for Disease Control- Tom Frieden, blames the spread of Ebola in Dallas on a breach in protocol. He apologized to Texas hospital officials for making it seem like he was criticizing the hospital. Investigators have yet to determine how Pham contracted the virus but assure the public that current protocol has been proven effective.
Rumors spread on the internet over whether Pham’s beloved dog Bentley would be killed after speculation that he was a possible health risk; Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the dog would not be killed. Bentley has been moved to an undisclosed location under the care of the Dallas Animal Services.