Ebola nurse Nina Pham to be treated at NIH near Washington

The first health care worker infected with Ebola in the United States will be transferred from a Texas hospital to the National Institutes of Health near the US capital, officials said on Thursday.

Washington: The first health care worker infected with Ebola in the United States will be transferred from a Texas hospital to the National Institutes of Health near the US capital, officials said on Thursday.

"She will be coming to the National Institutes of Health where we will be supplying her with state of the art care in our high level containment facilities," Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a Congressional hearing.

The NIH is located in Bethesda, Maryland. Pham is to arrive later today, a statement from NIH said.

Pham was closely involved in the care of a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

He died of Ebola on October 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Pham was diagnosed with Ebola on October 12 and has been in isolation at Texas Health.

A colleague of hers, Amber Vinson, was diagnosed with Ebola on Wednesday, and was transported late Wednesday to another high-level biocontainment unit at Emory University Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia.

Since healthcare workers are at particular risk of Ebola, which is transmitted through close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, US health authorities have warned that more cases are possible.

The hemorrhagic virus spread quickly in West Africa, and has killed more than 4,400 people in the world's largest outbreak to date.

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