Wednesday evening, her family announced that Vinson is apparently free of the deadly Ebola virus.
“We are overjoyed to announce that, as of [Tuesday] evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body,” read a statement from a family spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Debra Berry, Amber’s mother, is in Dallas under a self-imposed quarantine because she had recently spent time with Vinson. However, Berry spoke with her daughter by phone Wednesday evening, according to the statement.
“Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition,” Berry said in 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.”
Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesperson, told Yahoo News late Wednesday that he was not aware of Vinson’s recovery.
“Healthcare provider will determine by diagnostic whether a patient is free of Ebola virus,” McDonald said in an email. “We have criteria we ask medical staff to meet but the determination is made by medical care provider.”
Vinson, one of two Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurses to contract Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, was diagnosed late on Oct. 14. A day later, the 29-year-old was flown by air ambulance to Atlanta for treatment at Emory, which has specialized unit trained in treating Ebola.