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President Obama meets — and hugs — cured US Ebola patient

President Obama hugs Nina Pham.
President Obama hugs Nina Pham.
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President Barack Obama on Friday met — and hugged — Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who was cured of Ebola after becoming the first person to contract the disease in the US while treating Liberian patient Thomas Duncan.

Ebola patients are only contagious through their bodily fluids as long as they show symptoms. (Semen does seem to be one exception, as some research has shown it to be contagious for three months after someone is cured.) So Pham poses no threat of Ebola to anyone else, including Obama.

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