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US Ebola patient takes to Twitter to thank people for the "good vibes"

Meanwhile, a second US patient, Nina Pham, said she was “blessed”.

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TWO US EBOLA patients have spoken publicly about how they’re doing in the wake of their diagnosis.

Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance journalist and human rights advocate, took to Twitter to let people know how he is feeling – and to raise awareness about how people in west Africa are being treated.

Mukpo (33) contracted Ebola in Liberia and arrived in the United States to receive treatment.

Texas nurse

Meanwhile, the Texas healthcare worker who became infected with Ebola while caring for a Liberian man who died of the illness said she is doing well.

“I’m doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers,” said the hospital statement from Nina Pham.

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.

Pham, 26, was infected with the hemorrhagic virus while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived in Texas in late September, soon began to show symptoms of Ebola and eventually died last week.

He is believed to have been infected in Liberia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said Pham’s infection must have resulted from a breach of protocol, though no specific fault has yet been found in the way Pham put on or took off her protective gear.

Pham’s infection — the first case of Ebola transmission on US soil — was announced early Sunday.

The world’s largest outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has claimed more than 4,000 lives since the beginning of the year, particularly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

“We are working tirelessly to help her in this courageous fight,” said the hospital’s chief executive officer Barclay Berdan.

“The doctors and nurses involved with her treatment remain hopeful, and we ask for the prayers of the entire country.”

Additional reporting - © AFP, 2014

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