Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who contracted ebola while caring for the “patient zero” Thomas Eric Duncan, is in stable condition and quarantined. Her adorable King Charles Spaniel, also being quarantined, will likely not be destroyed.
On Friday, 26-year-old Pham admitted herself to the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital emergency room after a temperature spike, according to the Daily Mail, along with her dog. Unlike the pup, who was put down in the effort to fight ebola’s spread in Spain, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has promised not to kill Pham’s dog.
Ebola symptoms include “chronic diarrhea and bleeding” and the disease is most quickly spread by exposure to an infected person’s blood, feces or vomit, putting health workers at a high risk. The CDC is blaming Pham’s infection on a “breach in protocol,” but Presbyterian Hospital’s chief clinical officer pushed back, saying all of his staff took the recommended precautions by wearing "gown, glove, mask and shield." Still, now every health worker who cared for Duncan are seen as potentially infected, and the CDC is reviewing all of the moves and equipment that came into contact with the Dallas hospital’s staff.
Elsewhere, Pham's family is —understandably — freaking out.
Jason Nguyen, her uncle, told MailOnline: 'Nina has contracted Ebola, she is my niece. Her mother called me on Saturday and told me; 'Nina has caught Ebola.'
'My sister is very upset, we all are. She said she was going up to the hospital in Dallas and I haven't heard from her since. I've tried to call but I can't get through. It's very shocking. I don't know any of the details, only what I hear on the news. It's frightening.'
Just one person has had contact with Pham since she became infected. Pham received her nursing license in 2010.
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