QuestionsBy now, many Americans waiting with baited breath to learn the latest news about the people infected  with the Ebola virus here in the United States. Nina Pham is the first Dallas, Texas, nurses who contracted Ebola. According to the most recent reports, she is currently resting comfortably and in fair condition in Maryland at the National Institutes of Health. She was transferred there late at night on Oct. 16.

Doctor Says Nurse's Condition Is Promising

According to the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the 26-year-old nurse’s condition appears to be stable at this time. He also said that the young woman is in great spirits and it a terrific individual. He also mentioned that she is intelligent and aware of what is going on with her treatments. He said that their goal is for this patient to walk out of the hospital and they are going to do everything in their power to make it happen.

The Ebola-infected nurse contracted the virus while she was treating a Liberian man who passed away on Oct. 8 in Dallas. Another 29-year-old nurse also contracted the virus while she was treating the same patient, and she was transported to receive treatment in Atlanta on Wednesday.

What Happens if I Catch Ebola on the Job?

One issue that has not been discussed in the news regarding these Ebola-infected nurses is who will be paying for their costly medical treatment? The cost of Ebola therapies, specialized medical flight transportation and round-the-clock nursing will no doubt be astronomical. Fortunately, in the case of these nurses who contracted the virus while on the job, they will likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Like any employee injured while performing his or her job duties, these nurses will probably have a vital source of financial support through their state-subsidized workers' compensation system to help them get back on their financial feet again. If luck is on their side, they will both be healthy and fully recovered over the next several weeks or months.