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Dallas Nurse Fighting Ebola: "I'm Doing Well And Want To Thank Everyone"

Twenty-six-year-old Nina Pham received a plasma transfusion from an American Ebola survivor. Dallas Animal Services removed her dog from her apartment and placed it in a temporary home. UPDATE: Nina Pham released a statement saying she's doing well and thanked her supporters.

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Dallas nurse Nina Pham's condition was upgraded to good on Tuesday, hospital officials said.

Patient Update Nina Pham is in good condition.

#BREAKING: Nina Pham, 26, is the nurse being treated for #Ebola. This image is provided by her family.

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#BREAKING: Nina Pham, 26, is the nurse being treated for #Ebola. This image is provided by her family.

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The Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a man who died of the virus on Monday received plasma from an American survivor, the Associated Press reported.

Dr. Ken Brantley, a Texas doctor who survived Ebola, donated the plasma, which is believed to contain Ebola-fighting antibodies, to Nina Pham. He previously said he was unable to donate to Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week, because their blood types didn't match.

According to Duncan's medical records, which were obtained by the AP, about 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas treated him. The Centers for Disease Control suspect a breach in protocol during Duncan's treatment, which could mean others involved in his care have been exposed to the virus.

Pham issued the following statement through Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, saying she is "doing well":

"I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world here at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas."

Her dog, Bentley, was also doing well, Dallas Animal Services said. He will be quarantined for 21 days.

#Bentley here is the first pic of Bentley. He's doing well.

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#Bentley here is the first pic of Bentley. He's doing well.

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Dallas Animal Control: People caring for him have to have hazmat clearance. Limiting access to dog to one or two people a day.

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Dallas Animal Control: People caring for him have to have hazmat clearance. Limiting access to dog to one or two people a day.

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Staff members at the hospital on Monday prayed together in town hall meetings.

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“It is important to know that we are working at all levels with the CDC to coordinate all care related issues, and now we’re working closely to provide information about precautions, care and treatment that are consistent and understandable for patients, caregivers, family members and all Americans who are concerned about how this disease is transmitted and treated," Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan said.

Dallas Animal Service officials removed Pham's dog Bentley from her apartment Monday.

Dallas Animal Services van pulls up to scene where dog in potential ebola apartment is being removed.

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Dallas Animal Services van pulls up to scene where dog in potential ebola apartment is being removed.

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A city spokeswoman said the dog was safe in a temporary home.

Handout / Reuters

In Spain, a similar situation was handled differently. Officials euthanized the pet dog of a nurse who had contracted Ebola. The move was met with opposition from the woman's family and animal rights activists, but authorities feared the dog might be able to transmit Ebola to humans.

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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