Ebola-stricken US nurse speaks in hospital video

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Video released on Thursday showed the first health care worker infected with Ebola in the United States looking lucid and smiling.

The 56-sec video was recorded at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas before nurse Nina Pham was transferred to the ​National Institutes of Health in Maryland, just outside Washington.

It shows Ms Pham having a brief conversation with her treating physician, Dr Gary Weinstein.

"Come to Maryland, everybody," the 26-year-old jokes.

The YouTube video, which was shot by the doctor, also shows another health care worker in attendance, wearing a full mask and other protective gear.

"I love you guys," an emotional Ms Pham says, as she wipes away tears.

Diagnosed with Ebola

According to the hospital, Ms Pham asked for the video to be posted.

Ms Pham was closely involved in the care of a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was the first Ebola case diagnosed in the US.

He died of Ebola on Oct 8 at the Texas hospital.

A few days later, Ms Pham was diagnosed with Ebola.

Her colleague Amber Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola on Wednesday, and was immediately transported to another high-level biocontainment unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Source: AFP

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