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Dallas nurse is named as first US-based Ebola victim

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Dallas nurse is named as first US-based Ebola victim


The Dallas nurse who has become the first person to contract Ebola on US soil has been confirmed as Nina Pham.

The 26-year-old is said to be clinically stable after receiving a blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor.

Nursing colleagues are angry that she has been blamed for spreading the virus by breaching safety protocols while caring for an Ebola victim who had travelled from Liberia.

“No one could say what had happened and yet their initial reaction was to blame a nurse who was putting their life on the line in order to provide care for this patient, knowing that that could be a risk to her health and safety and even her life. We have been requesting training, equipment, the highest optimal level of equipment including hazmat (hazardous materials) suits,” said Katy Roemer, Registered Nurse and Spokesperson for National Nurses United.

Meanwhile Belgium is dealing with its third suspected Ebola case. The first two were false alarms but this time a person who has recently travelled to Guinea is undergoing tests in an isolation area in a Brussels hospital.

And in the UK, Heathrow Airport is to start Ebola screening for passengers flying in from at-risk countries ( Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone).

It will be introduced in Terminal 1, before being extended to other terminals, Gatwick Airport and Eurostar by the end of the week.

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