Federal officials: Dallas nurse free of Ebola

In this frame grab from video provided by Texas Health Resources, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man, talks while being recorded at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, before being flown to the National Institutes of Health outside Washington. Pham is shown in the video — posted online by the hospital's parent company — smiling as she sits upright in a hospital bed while a man identified as her treating physician can be heard thanking her for getting well and being part of the volunteer team that took care of the first patient. (AP Photo/Texas Health Resources, Dr. Gary Weinstein)
In this frame grab from video provided by Texas Health Resources, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man, talks while being recorded at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, before being flown to the National Institutes of Health outside Washington. Pham is shown in the video — posted online by the hospital's parent company — smiling as she sits upright in a hospital bed while a man identified as her treating physician can be heard thanking her for getting well and being part of the volunteer team that took care of the first patient. (AP Photo/Texas Health Resources, Dr. Gary Weinstein)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus and is being released, the National Institutes of Health said Friday.

Nina Pham, 26, was to be released from the NIH hospital near Washington.

She will make a brief statement but won’t take questions during a news conference late Friday morning with her doctors, said John Burklow, an NIH spokesman.

Pham arrived Oct. 16 at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Pham is one of two nurses in Dallas who became infected with Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease Oct. 8.

The other nurse, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, is being treated at Emory University Hospital near Atlanta. Her family said Wednesday in a statement that doctors can no longer detect Ebola in her body. Her mother said then that she had been approved for transfer from isolation. Emory declined to release information about her condition.

Pham’s dog, a King Charles Spaniel named Bentley, has tested negative for the virus. The city of Dallas has said the 1-year-old dog will be tested again before his 21-day quarantine period ends Nov. 1. Bentley is being cared for by the City of Dallas Animal Services at a decommissioned naval air base.

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