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Ebola Virus 2014 - Texas News & Updates: WHO confirms 70 Percent Mortality Rate, Dallas Nurse Doing Well

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The isolated case of Ebola in the United States continues to have repercussions for those nearby while the disease continues to spread worldwide.

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian patient who had the disease last week. That patient eventually died after several days of being treated in isolation. Pham delivered a bit of positive news today and said that she is, "doing well."


The reason for this is thanks to her receiving what may end up being a life-saving transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, a missionary doctor who was cured of Ebola two months ago, according to ABC News.


Pham expressed her gratitude in a statement earlier Tuesday. "I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers, I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses here at Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas," Pham said.


Brantly apparently flew to meet Pham in Dallas on Sunday, just one day after she tested positive for the Ebola virus. His blood was loaded with antibodies to fight the disease before he donated it.


Since Brantly was able to overcome Ebola after contracting the virus on a missionary trip, he has donated his blood to three other, including Pham. He was treated with an experimental drug that helped him fight off the virus.


This is one of the few positive sources of news for a disease that has only been gaining more momentum since its outbreak earlier in the Summer. Per the New York Post, the death rate for Ebola has risen 70 percent. The way that figures are currently standing, there could be as many as 10,000 worldwide cases of the disease by December. 


The current rate of people contracting the disease is at roughly 1000 per week. While that also includes cases that are only listed as probable or suspected, the cause for concern is understood. As part of their response, the UN health agency has announced efforts to get 70 percent of the cases isolated within two months.


WHO has listed the death toll to 4,447 deaths and 8,914 total cases. The hardest hit areas are primarily in West Africa include Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The United States and other countries have sent troops into the are to assist in the relief efforts including building hospitals and delivering medical supplies.

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