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NIH: Nurse with Ebola "very fatigued" but "in good spirits"

Texas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola at Dallas' Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, appears in a video before leaving the facility for transfer to the NIH Clinical Center in Maryland, Oct. 16, 2014.

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Last Updated Oct 17, 2014 2:45 PM EDT

The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man at a Dallas hospital is in fair condition and in "good spirits," a doctor at the National Institutes of Health said Friday.

Nina Pham was transported to the NIH Clinical Center near Washington for treatment in a specialized isolation unit. The NIH campus is in Bethesda, about 35 miles from the Frederick Municipal Airport where she arrived shortly after 10:30 p.m. EDT.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, said Pham still has Ebola symptoms but has been "very brave."

"She's very fatigued," Fauci said. "This is a virus that really wreaks havoc on you. This virus knocks you out."

Fauci said that Pham arrived at the hospital just before midnight and that he and his staff have been up all night caring for her.

Pham is being treated by staff specializing in infectious disease and critical care. Workers are monitored as they put on and remove protective clothing and nurses are working in pairs in Pham's room, with one watching the other to make sure correct procedures are followed. They also limit the amount of time they spend in her room to reduce fatigue.

"We fully intend to have this patient to walk out of this hospital," Fauci said.

Fauci would not speculate whether Pham would be given an experimental drug, saying that "everything is on the table."

Dr. Rick Davey, the deputy clinical director of the NIAID's division of clinical research who examined Pham, said she is "doing quite well compared to what we were told about her status at the other hospital."

After Pham arrived in Maryland, reporters, who were kept more than 100 yards from the plane by police, watched the patient in protective clothing exit the aircraft, helped by similarly garbed workers on the ground. The process took about 30 minutes, from the plane's landing to the ambulance's departure, escorted by police cars with flashing lights.

The event in a remote corner of the airport attracted a small crowd of onlookers. Ashley King, a 23-year-old schoolteacher from nearby Walkersville, carried a large sign reading, "Get well soon, Nina."

King said she wanted to "get some positive thoughts going."

Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said Wednesday that Pham was in good condition.

Pham was seen for the first time since her diagnosis in a video shot in her Dallas hospital room and posted online by the hospital's parent company Thursday. In the video, she smiles as she sits upright in a hospital bed while a man identified as her treating physician can be heard thanking her for getting well and being part of the volunteer team that took care of Thomas Duncan, who died of Ebola last week.

"Come to Maryland. Everybody," Pham laughs into the camera before wiping away tears with a tissue handed to her by an attendant in full protective gear.

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