The second Dallas nurse to become infected with Ebola after treating the first Ebola patient to die on U.S. soil no longer has the virus. According to a statement by her family Amber Vinson is Ebola-free, People reports.
“Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition,” said Vinson’s mom, 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.”
The spread of the virus in the U.S. had become a concern when it was found out that Vinson had boarded a round-trip flight from Dallas and Cleveland before she was aware that she had contracted the virus. Though she called the CDC to clarify whether it was safe for her to fly before she boarded the flight, she still received criticism for flying.
“She’s infected for doing something so selfless. We should be applauding her courage,” Vinson’s friend Emilia Sykes told People regarding Vinson volunteering to care for Duncan when he came to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Vinson’s colleague, Nina Pham, is still receiving treatment for the virus.