Dallas nurse Nina Pham was declared Ebola-free Friday and discharged from the National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland where she received treatment, multiple reports said. Pham was one of two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to be diagnosed with the virus after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die from Ebola in the United States.
Pham's dog, Bentley, was also declared Ebola-free, the Huffington Post's Sam Stein reports. A group of specially trained veterinarians tested Bentley, who has remained in quarantine since Pham's diagnosis.
The 26-year-old Pham works as a critical care nurse at the hospital. She was placed in isolation on Oct. 10 after she reported a fever. Her family confirmed on Oct. 13 that she had contracted Ebola, and that she had received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, who survived a bout with the illness over the summer, WFAA reported.
Pham was admitted to the NIH facility on Oct. 16, CBS Baltimore notes. The NIH plans to address her release at a press conference Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET.
The doctors who treated Pham released a video on Oct. 17 in which they thanked her for volunteering to treat Duncan, Newsweek reported. "Thanks for getting well. Thanks for being part of the volunteer team to take care of our first patient," a doctor said to Pham, who replied, "I love you guys."
Pham's discharge came just hours after Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old doctor who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea, was diagnosed as the first case of the virus in New York City. Spencer is currently being treated in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.