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Virus Free: Ebola-infected nurse Nina Pham to go home

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Dallas nurse Nina Pham. Dallas nurse Nina Pham.

BY MAGGIE FOX, NBC News

(NBC News) - Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse infected with Ebola as she treated dying patient Thomas Eric Duncan, was declared free of the virus Friday and said she felt “fortunate and blessed.”

Crediting her medical team and God, she said: “I do not know how I can ever thank everyone enough for their prayers and the expressions of concern, hope and love.”

She said she looked forward to going home to Texas and reuniting with her dog — Bentley, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that was quarantined after Pham tested positive. The dogtested negative for the virus earlier this week.

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH told reporters that Pham “has no virus in her. She feels well.”

Pham, who was diagnosed Oct. 12, was moved four days later to the NIH hospital outside Washington, which has a special biocontainment unit.

Her fellow nurse Amber Vinson tested virus-free earlier this week, her family said, but stayed in a biocontainment unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for a few more days of treatment.

Pham, 26, who treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, was the first person to contract the virus on U.S. soil. Authorities have not said definitively how the nurses were infected.

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