A nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient in Texas, will be moved to a Maryland hospital. Nina Pham is being transferred to a section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) facility in Bethesda, according to a news release. Meanwhile, dock work stopped this morning at the Port of Baltimore after an Ebola scare.
Pham, 26, contracted the virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Officials told CNN Pham is in good condition, and a statement quoting the nurse herself said she was “doing well.”
The NIH facility in Bethesda is one of four in the country that is specially equipped to handle Ebola cases. The Ebola section only has two beds.
Along with treatment, Maryland is also at the center of the push to quickly develop a vaccine that would curb the outbreak of the virus now raging in West Africa. According to Technical.ly Baltimore, a vaccine that originated in Canada is currently undergoing trials at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring. Meanwhile, University of Maryland School of Medicine professors Myron Levine and Samba Sow are conducing a human trial of a separate vaccine in Mali.
In addition to what’s coming in, precautions are being taken for what’s going out. According to the Baltimore Sun, workers at the Port of Baltimore stopped loading vehicles onto a West Africa-bound ship that they feared could have Ebola onboard. Work stopped for about 45 minutes.
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