Texas Nurse Nina Pham Settles Lawsuit With Hospital Where She Contracted Ebola Virus

By Jamie Nelson, | October 27, 2016

Nurse Nina Pham filed a lawsuit against Texas Health Resources claiming the company's negligence caused her to contract the Ebola virus.

Nurse Nina Pham filed a lawsuit against Texas Health Resources claiming the company's negligence caused her to contract the Ebola virus.

A nurse in Texas has settled a lawsuit initiated against the hospital where she worked and came into contact with the deadly Ebola virus. Nina Pham was the first known case of human transmission of the disease in the United States.

Pham sued the parent company of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She sued the Texas Health Resource company in March 2015 for violating her privacy and for not adequately preparing and training staff to treat the Ebola virus, CNN reported.

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A joint statement issued by Pham and the Texas Health Resource company, revealed that the pending lawsuit was resolved. "All parties have agreed the terms of the resolution are confidential and will not make additional statements or grant media interviews," the statement said.

Pham and another nurse came into contact with the virus in October 2014 when they treated Thomas Duncan who had contracted the disease while visiting Liberia. Although Pham stated that she wore gloves, mask, gown, and a shield,  it was not enough to protect her from the Ebola virus.

Two days after Duncan's death, Pham discovered that she had contracted the virus herself. Pham was quoted saying in the lawsuit that she was assured by her employer that she was not at risk of Ebola and could visit with friends and family freely.

Officials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention were quoted saying a breach in protocol was behind the infections. Pham blamed the hospital for not providing her with the right protective equipment or the training required to treat Ebola patients.

According to Fortune, Pham was not alone in her concern about the seriousness of the spread of the virus. In 2014, the National Nurses United staged a nationwide protest to call on Congress and the government to clarify safety guidelines for treating Ebola.

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