Amber Vinson's Family Says She's Free of Ebola

Hospital or CDC has yet to confirm
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2014 6:48 PM CDT
An ambulance carrying Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, arrives at Emory University Hospital on Oct. 15 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Tulis)

(Newser) – Amber Vinson's family has what appears to be great news for all those Ohioans who came into contact with the Dallas nurse: She is free of the disease. So says a family statement asserting that "as of yesterday evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body," reports WFAA. The one caveat is that a spokesperson for the Atlanta hospital tells DallasNews.com that she was unaware of any such development. The CDC has yet to make a comment, either.

No so Vinson's mother, Debra Berry, who reports via a PR agency that her daughter will be moved out of isolation. “Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition,” says the statement. "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.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer, meanwhile, reports that the number of people being monitored in Ohio has reached 164, though nobody has shown any symptoms. (The dog belonging to the other Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola has been declared free of the disease.)

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