An Ebola-free Nina Pham returned to her family in Fort Worth late Friday.
Pham, the first person to contract the Ebola virus in the United States, was greeted by her father, Peter, when she arrived at Meacham Airport shortly before midnight. She was accompanied by her mother, Diana, and sister, Cathy, said a spokeswoman for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
Pham, who grew up in Fort Worth, was initially treated in that hospital after she contracted the disease from Thomas Eric Duncan as a member of his care team. Duncan died from the disease Oct. 8.
On Oct. 16, Pham was flown to a biocontainment unit at a National Institutes of Health facility in Bethesda, Md., for further treatment.
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She was released from the hospital Friday morning and later met with President Barack Obama, giving him a hug. On arrival in Fort Worth, Pham was presented with scrubs signed by her colleagues at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas and by well-wishers.
— Mitch Mitchell
Bentley still in quarantine
Although life is returning to normal for Pham, it appears that she will have to wait a few more days to see her King Charles spaniel, Bentley.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Saturday that the reunion will have to wait until the dog is released Saturday from a quarantine period. Jenkins said officials must make sure the dog is virus-free. Pham is now immune.
Jenkins said veterinarians are concerned that if Pham visits the dog, it might affect Bentley’s behavior and make it harder to monitor for potential symptoms.
— The Associated Press
Texas soldiers sent to Africa
About 75 soldiers from a West Texas Army post are being deployed this weekend to West Africa as part of a U.S. military mission in areas affected by the Ebola outbreak.
The Fort Bliss soldiers will go on seven flights carrying heavy equipment such as generators, containers and helicopters. About 500 Fort Bliss soldiers are expected to eventually be deployed.
“I am honored to be going there,” Capt. Heather Frazier told The Associated Press while she said goodbye to other soldiers who were departing. Frazier, an Afghanistan and Iraq veteran, expects to be deployed shortly.
The advance party of soldiers is being deployed to guarantee that conditions, facilities and logistics are set up for the arrival of additional troops, said Lt. Col. Lee Peters, a Fort Bliss spokesman.
Crews of soldiers and airmen loaded vehicles and containers into a cargo airplane. Other equipment, Peters said, will be going by boat.