DALLAS, Tx – Before this week, Nina Pham was a dedicated nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Now, she’ll always be known as the first person to catch the Ebola virus while on American soil.
She got infected sometime during her treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient to die in the US.
She’s now in a facility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where doctors say she is improving.
Before she left Dallas, she made a video from her room. It doesn’t look like one of those space-age isolation chambers we see in the movies.
She felt well enough to laugh and wave, and later to shed a few tears. Her doctor, though, did most of the talking.
America has a new czar. He’s Ron Klain, the man President Obama will name to take control of the government’s Ebola response. He’s a former chief of staff for both vice president Biden and former veep Al Gore.
Ebola is the cause for another tragedy facing the people in the West African nations hardest hit by the virus. And that’s a food shortage that some world health officials say could lead to a global famine.
For instance, there are no farmers in Sierra Leone to work the fields and harvest the crops. The United Nations says it needs to feed 1.3 million people in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, but there’s only enough food for just over half-a-million. And those numbers will only worsen as the virus spreads.
The Caribbean island nations of Jamaica, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago hope they have stopped any chance Ebola will come to their countries. They’re the latest countries to keep out anyone who was recently in the West African nations hit with Ebola.
They think it’s easier to stop people from coming in than to try to kill it once it gets there.