The fourth person with Ebola in the United States, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse Nina Pham, is heading to a National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington.
The Dallas hospital said that transferring Nina Pham “is the right decision (because) many of the medical professionals who would normally staff the intensive care unit (are) sidelined for continuous monitoring.” Some 76 workers who cared for Duncan, like Vinson and Pham, have been asked to do things like regularly take their temperatures to gauge whether they have Ebola.
Texas Health Presbyterian’s critical care medicine chief Dr. Gary Weinstein said “she has improved so much in a short period of time.” Pham sounded upbeat and grateful in the same statement about her upcoming move to Maryland.
“I’m doing really well thanks to this team, which is the best in the world,” Pham said. “I believe in my talented co-workers.”
Many of those co-workers are subject to heightened concern and scrutiny, due to their involvement in Duncan’s care.
To that end, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday night that about 50 people from Texas Health Presbyterian have signed a document legally restricting where they can go and what they can do until they totally clear of Ebola.
Among other things, they’ll be placed on a “Do Not Board list” that would prohibit them from flying commercially like Vinson did.
“They can’t take public transportation. They must have personal monitoring twice a day,” Rawlings said. “Furthermore, they cannot go to public places.”