CBS 11 News reported on October 22, “Today Presby nurse Amber Vinson joined Dr. Kent Brantly as being declared free of the Ebola virus.” On Wednesday, October 15, 29-year-old registered nurse Amber Vinson departed Dallas Love Field in a small passenger jet at 5:02 p.m. in stable condition. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse was confirmed as the third Ebola patient in Dallas, Texas and was on her way to Emory University Hospital. Wednesday, October 22, just one week after being admitted to the biocontainment hospital specializing in the treatment of infectious diseases, Emory announced that Amber Vinson has been declared Ebola-free by the CDC. NBC News asked why Nurse Vinson recovered from Ebola so quickly, and was told by expert on infectious diseases and Ebola treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Thomas Geisbert, “It is rare that recovery happens this fast. It could be related to a number of things including the fact that these patients were diagnosed in the U.S. and treatment was presumably initiated quickly.”
Vinson’s family — who has requested privacy for Amber during her treatment and stay at the hospital — told press that “doctors no longer detect the virus in her body,” and adds she is “ready to leave isolation.” Debra Berry, mother of Amber Vinson, spoke to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts from Dallas, where she is quarantined, on Tuesday. Berry told Roberts,
“She’s [Amber] doing okay, just trying to get stronger. We are very confident that Emory Hospital is taking good care of Amber. I’m very happy that she’s there.”
Robin asked if Mrs. Berry’s family and the families of all caregivers were disturbed that the CDC are just now releasing the new guidelines and protocol, instead of putting them into place earlier. Mrs. Berry replied,
“It is concerning, I guess more than anything, I’m so relieved that it’s in place, now. It should help insure that no one has to endure what Amber and what Ms. Pham has had to go through these weeks, and their families. It’s really difficult.”
Currently, 66 people who were being monitored due to having had contact with Eric Duncan, including the healthcare workers who treated him during the first days of his illness, have now been released from quarantine and are no longer under surveillance by the CDC. Still under surveillance are 108 individuals who will continue to be monitored for any symptoms of Ebola until approximately November 7.
Last report on Nina Pham was that the first nurse to be stricken by the disease is in good condition and seems to still be improving.