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No Ebola Detected in Nurse Vinson's Blood, Still Recovering at Emory

No Ebola Detected in Nurse Vinson's Blood, Still Recovering at Emory

DALLAS, Texas — On the same day that fellow Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse Nina Pham was declared Ebola free and released from the hospital, nurse Amber Joy Vinson’s blood was declared to no longer show evidence of Ebola in a statement from Emory Healthcare.

Word of nurse Amber Vinson’s possible recovery from Ebola was released in a statement from her family late Wednesday. Friday news broke of nurse Nina Pham’s testing negative for Ebola and being released. The same day Emory Healthcare released the statement on Vinson’s condition.

“Emory University Hospital physicians, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are pleased to report that Amber Vinson is making good progress in her treatment for Ebola virus infection. Tests no longer detect virus in her blood.”

Vinson remains at Emory as the Emory statement continues, “She remains within Emory’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit for continued supportive care. We do not have a discharge date at this time.”

Just days ago an anonymous Ebola patient was released from Emory. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Georgia Department of Public Health the patient was “determined to be free of virus and to pose no public health threat” on Sunday, October 19.

Vinson contracted the deadly virus while almost completely encapsulated in personal protective equipment. She had been treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first case of Ebola diagnosed on U.S. soil. Duncan died on October 8 after 11 days in the hospital battling the disease.

As nurse Nina Pham was released from the National Institutes of Health Medical Center, her coworkers watched her make a public announcement followed by their cheers. Before Pham returned home, President Barack Obama embraced and met with the Dallas nurse, local Dallas News WFAA reported.

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