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Texas nurse Ebola free, receives hug from President Obama

Texas nurse Ebola free, receives hug from President Obama

Great news for Nina Pham

Ebola infected nurse Nina Pham was released from the National Institute of Health hospital today after being cured of Ebola. Great news not only for Pham, but for those of you with Ebolanoia as well.

Pham contracted the virus while taking care of Eric Duncan, the Liberian who passed away from the virus in a Dallas hospital earlier this month.

According to The Guardian:

Dr Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the NIH, gave Pham a hug and told reporters that five consecutive tests showed no virus left in her blood.

“She is cured of Ebola, let’s get that clear,” Fauci said.

Pham’s release comes a day after a doctor in New York City who had been treating Ebola patients in west Africa was diagnosed with the virus. Dr Craig Spencer is being treated in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan.

The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She had been flown there from Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where she became infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the virus 8 October.

A second Dallas nurse who became infected after treating Duncan has also been pronounced free of the virus, family members said this week.

Amber Vinson, who flew to Ohio and back before she was diagnosed, is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bentley, Pham’s dog has also tested negative for Ebola, but will remain in quarantine until the 21 days have lapsed:

The city of Dallas said on Wednesday that one-year-old Bentley will be tested again before his 21-day quarantine period ends 1 November.

Bentley was quarantined after his owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola. She was the first of two Texas nurses diagnosed after treating an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital.

Bentley is being cared for by the City of Dallas Animal Services at a decommissioned naval air base.

After being released from the hospital, Pham met with President Obama at the White House who said, “Let’s give a hug for the cameras,” according to Time.

After a patient was diagnosed with Ebola in New York City on Thursday, the hug was a triumphant moment amid continued fear over the potential for Ebola to spread in the U.S. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told journalists at press briefing Friday that Pham’s recovery served as “a pretty apt reminder that we do have the best medical infrastructure in the world.”

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Drudge is now reporting that the other nurse has also tested negative for the virus as well.

Wow … kinds wish the CDC got it wrong about her being 100%, totally 0B0LA free … So will Sharpton et al complain that Duncan died because he [being black] obtained substandard care? Will more Liberians et al with 0B0LA make the trek over to seek a cure now that it has been demonstrated that Pham is cured?

Stay tuned for the next epsiode of “As the 0B0LA Squirms”.

I’m almost certain he died because he didn’t recieve a plasma transfusion from Brantley, but that was because he was the wrong blood type, race, with the exception of its effect on his blood type, was irrelevant.

That pooor man…!!!

We all know how camera-shy he is, and how he eschews those cynical “photo-op” thingies.

Ooooooo, the pain…the pain…

I’m glad she’s recovered. I’m glad that with the exception of Duncan, everyone else appears to have recovered as well. None of that changes the fact that this didn’t have to happen. We have a President who cares more about world opinion and optics than he does about his own citizens.

You gotta wonder with Obama, is that a body double?

    bvw in reply to bvw. | October 24, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Press Corps upset that they did not get invited. The photos are the stills provided by “The White House”. All, that fits my wondering hypothesis.

Henry Hawkins | October 24, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Her wallet. He got it, didn’t he? Son of a bitch….

Can we quarantine Obama for 21 days????????

“No-Photo-Ops” Obama is hoping that popularity is contagious.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | October 24, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I hope she didn’t catch anything from him.

Did Typhoid Barry apologize to her? War on Women!

Imagine if she was still a carrier? Now, THAT would be funny.

JackRussellTerrierist | October 25, 2014 at 1:41 am

Kemberlee, please, next time, don’t post a feel-good story with a likeness of obola in it. It’s counter-intuitive. Thank you.

As for us Ebolamaniacs or Ebolanoiacs – whatever you called us – there is no way in hell that this country has the medical capacity to treat a major outbreak, and with obola importing unknown third-worlders bringing all manner of disease with them and not putting a travel ban in place and running an open border and bringing in 100,000 Haitians, I think you’re dreaming if you see no cause for alarm. Or maybe you’re just young and still trust the government and the media. Dunno.

You could have just shown the other extant photo of Nurse Pham or a newer photo sans obola if available and not called those of us with a strong concern about this “Ebolanoiacs” or whatever it was. Or I guess I could just call you a lousy a reporter for a conservative site and be done with it.

But thanks for posting the very good news. I’m relieved and happy for Nurse Pham and her family. Too bad you had to irritate me and I’m sure a few others through the manner in which you presented it.

Does anybody else find Obama’s touchy-feely-huggy-kissy stuff he’s doing recently a bit creepy?

Hasn’t she suffered enough?