DALLAS, Texas (ABC) — Nina Pham will be transferred from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to a National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Md., family members confirmed Thursday.
A 26-year-old nurse, Pham was the first second person to be diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil.
Family confirmed they didn’t request the move. Sources say the decision was made due to staffing issues at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. The family says they’re OK with the move.
Pham contracted the virus while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola after traveling to Dallas. Duncan died from the virus several days before the nurse was diagnosed.
The time and day of her transfer hasn’t been confirmed.
Amber Vinson, the second nurse diagnosed with Ebola, was transported Wednesday to Emory University Hospital. The 29-year-old nurse traveled from Cleveland, Ohio to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Monday, after she registered a low-grade fever of 99.5 degrees. According the CDC, Vinson reported her low-grade fever and was given the OK to fly.
The day after her return home, Vinson was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian, where both nurses had frequent contact with Duncan during his isolation. She was diagnosed with the virus sometime between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.