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Nina Pham

Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola receives blood transfusion

Nurse Nina Pham, confirmed Monday as the health worker who tested positive for Ebola after caring for U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, received a blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor and is reported to be “clinically stable.”

Jim Khoi, pastor at Our Lady of Fatima Church in East Fort Worth, Texas, where Pham attends services, said she is in good spirits. “She’s doing well,” he said. “She’s very comfortable. She’s very supported now. She knows that everybody knew to pray for her, especially in this difficult time.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a press conference at 3 p.m. EDT today to update the investigation of Ebola in the U.S. and West Africa. Director Dr. Tom Frieden and the Texas Department of State Health Services Director Dr. David Lakey will brief the media. Watch that in the player above.

Pham, the first person to contract Ebola within the U.S., received blood from Dr. Kent Brantly, who donated his plasma by request of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital — the facility where Pham works and is being cared for. Brantly, the first U.S. survivor of Ebola, had contracted the virus while providing Ebola treatments in West Africa.

Brantly had also donated previously to Ahsoka Mukpo, the NBC News freelancer who had tested positive, and aid worker Dr. Rick Sacra. Attempts to donate to Duncan were not possible due to a mismatch of blood types.

The Associated Press reported Monday that Pham was one of 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital involved in the care of Duncan. Responsibilities included drawing Duncan’s blood, wiping saliva, inserting tubes into his throat, wiping diarrhea and analyzing urine. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden had said that Pham’s diagnosis showed there had been a “clear breach of safety protocol” at the hospital, but later apologized, saying he did not intend to put the blame on the hospital or on Pham.

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