October 16, 2014
Nina Pham's Boyfriend Reportedly Isolated After Ebola Exposure, Dog Held At Former Naval Base

Nina Pham's boyfriend may have been admitted to a Texas hospital after being exposed to Ebola, but nothing has been confirmed. For now, there are more questions than answers. News about Nina Pham's boyfriend has been scarce. Updates are few and far between. Not even his name is readily available in the media. Could that be a good sign? Other Ebola victims have seen their names announced publicly, but the identity of Nina Pham's boyfriend remains a closely guarded secret.

Nurse Nina Pham was one of the members of a medical team entrusted with the care of Thomas Duncan, who contracted Ebola in West Africa before taking a flight to the United States, where he was subsequently diagnosed with the disease. Pham helped treat the Liberian national, and contracted the virus from him at the hospital where she worked, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Rev. Jim Khoi, of Our Lady of Fatima Church in East Fort Worth, said he was updated on Nina Pham's condition by her mother.

"A person Khoi described as a friend of Pham's is also being monitored for the disease," reported Dallas News, "although he said he didn't know the friend's relationship. Others have said the patient being monitored is [Nina] Pham's boyfriend."

According to SHTFplan, when a third Dallas Ebola victim was announced, people expected that it would be Nina Pham's boyfriend. It wasn't. The third Dallas Ebola victim was identified as another healthcare worker who had assisted with the care of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan. The worker was monitoring herself for Ebola symptoms when she discovered that her temperature had spiked. Yahoo! reported that her name is Amber Vinson, and she flew from Ohio to Texas while running a fever. Vinson was in Ohio making preparations for her wedding when she developed a fever. She contacted the Center for Disease Control (CDC) before boarding her flight back home to Texas; she said the CDC failed to notify her that she should not fly.

Due to the severity of her case, Amber Vinson is receiving treatment at a biocontainment unit at Emory University Hospital. Unlike Spanish Ebola victim Teresa Romero Ramos and Ebola-infected nurse Nina Pham, Vinson lived alone and did not have pets.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Teresa Romero Ramos was the nursing assistant from Spain who contracted Ebola after briefly assisting infected patient Manuel García Viejo, a Spanish missionary who contracted the virus in West Africa. Ramos revealed that she touched her face with her gloved hand after attending to infected Ebola patient Manuel García Viejo at Madrid's Carlos III hospital. Her dog, Excalibur, was euthanized and incinerated despite worldwide appeals to save the animal. Authorities in Spain feared that the dog may have been infected with the Ebola virus and could have spread the virus to humans, despite a lack of evidence that Ebola may be spread from canines to humans.

Fortunately for Nina Pham's boyfriend, her pet dog has been moved to a secure location for care and observation rather than meeting the same fate as Ebola nurse Teresa Romero Ramos's beloved family pet. The 1-year-old King Charles Spaniel is named Bentley. He is being kept at a decommissioned naval air base. NBC News reported that the Ebola nurse's dog is being kept comfortable, entertained, and monitored at the former residence of the executive officer at the decommissioned Hensley Field.

Who is Nina Pham's boyfriend, and has he been admitted to the hospital? For now, those questions remain unanswered.

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