NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Nina Pham isn't the only North Texas nurse who is making strides in a personal fight against the Ebola virus. Nurse Amber Vinson remains hospitalized at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, but has also been declared Ebola-free.
On Friday, doctors said Vinson was making progress in her treatment.
At a press conference to address Pham being released from the hospital Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, "We are also happy to hear the positive prognosis for her colleague Amber Vinson and we look forward to welcoming Amber home soon too."
Late Friday morning Emory released a statement that said, in part –
"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. She remains within Emory's Serious Communicable Diseases Unit for continued supportive care."
It was on October 22 when the world got an initial indication as to how well Vinson was doing. That evening the Vinson family released a statement reporting that Ebola was no longer detectable in Amber's body and that the 29-year-old had been approved for transfer out of isolation.
At that time Vinson's mother, Debra Berry, said, "Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition."
Amber Vinson was the second Dallas nurse to be infected with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan. Vinson was hospitalized at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas Hospital on October 14 and tested positive for the virus one day later. Vinson was then flown from Dallas, to Atlanta to continue treatment.
As of Friday afternoon, officials at Emory would not give an estimate as to when Vinson would be "released from their care."
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