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Amber Vinson Ebola-Free? Family Says So but No Hospital Confirmation Yet

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 11:18 AM

Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse who caught the Ebola virus from her Liberian patient, is no longer infected, her family said Wednesday.

"We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday [Tuesday] evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body," they said in a statement given to ABC News.

The family said that Vinson should be able to leave the isolation unit soon, but will stay at Emory University Hospital for more treatment. Hospital spokespersons have not yet confirmed the statement, as they have to work around patient confidentiality laws before doing so.

"Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition," said Vinson's mother, Debra Berry. "We all know that further treatment will be necessary as Amber continues to regain strength, but these latest developments have truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to reuniting with her at home."

According to The Washington Post, the good news adds to a number of positive developments for the few Americans fighting Ebola infection.

NBC freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo was declared Ebola-free on Tuesday, and Vinson's fellow nurse from Dallas, Nina Pham, was the same day upgraded from "fair" to "good" condition by her treating hospital at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

This week Pham's dog Bentley also tested negative for the virus. The City of Dallas still has Bentley quarantined, but released a video of the pooch on Wednesday. Bentley appears to be doing great.



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