World Health Organization: 10,000 Ebola cases a week globally by December
Posted: Oct 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT | Updated: Oct 15, 2014 12:07 PM EDT
Nurse turned Ebola patient Nina Pham received a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantley, and Pham released a statement Tuesday she is “doing well.”
In that statement, she also is praising the treatment she is getting at the Dallas hospital she is staying at, calling the staff “the best team of doctors and nurses in the world.”
Health officials are still trying to figure out how, despite wearing full protective gear, the 26-year-old contracted the virus while treating a patient who died of Ebola here last week.
Concerns are growing about the potential spread of Ebola with the World Health Organization saying that by December, there could be 10,000 new cases globally every week.
In the US, health officials are trying to calm fears about the virus being transmitted, saying America is at no risk of an outbreak.
There could be more isolated cases that pop up in health care workers at the Dallas hospital Pham is being treated in and the same hospital used to treat Thomas Eric Duncan.
One nurse, who asked not to be identified, questions if enough is being done to keep them safe.
“What are the things that we need to do to be more careful. Do we need to invest in more protective equipment?” she says.
The CDC says they are reassessing their protocols and offering more training to health care workers in Dallas and other local hospitals around the country.