Ebola-infected Texas nurse Nina Pham's condition improving, says hospital

Nurses and health care staff hold a rally in support of their colleagues Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who are now in treatment after contracting the Ebola virus, outside the Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Oct 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Nurses and health care staff hold a rally in support of their colleagues Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who are now in treatment after contracting the Ebola virus, outside the Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Oct 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - One of the two nurses infected with Ebola while treating the Liberian patient in Dallas who died Oct 8 is now faring better, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Tuesday.

"Ms (Nina) Pham's clinical status has been upgraded from fair to good. No additional details are available at this time," said the NIH, located outside Washington, in a brief statement.

Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, which is treating the second nurse, Amber Vinson so far has not given an update on her condition. Her mother said on Monday she remained weak, without offering further details.

Meanwhile, a US photojournalist said he was grateful to be alive after the hospital treating him declared him free of Ebola, in a minor victory over the virus that has killed more than 4,500 people.

Mr Ashoka Mukpo, who was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC News in Monrovia, Liberia when he fell ill, will go home on Wednesday. He is also expected to speak to the media.

Eight people including Mr Mukpo have or are being treated for Ebola in the United States; one of whom, a man from Liberia, has died.