Doctors no longer detect Ebola in a Texas nurse, Amber Vinson. She flew to Ohio and back before she was diagnosed with the virus.
Her family released a statement confirming that Officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention couldn’t detect Ebola in Amber, and she has been approved for transfer from isolation.
Amber’s mother, Debra Berry, said “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.”
Amber remains in treatment at Emory hospital, near Atlanta. Officials are monitoring the health of 164 people in Ohio who are believed to have had contact with her or to have been near her.
Amber’s blood tested negative for Ebola just nine days after she was first diagnosed.
How did this happen? Thomas Geisbert, an expert on infectious diseases and Ebola treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch told NBC news “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,”
Kathryn Jacobsen, a George Mason University epidemiologist who has seen it first hand in Bo, in Sierra Leone, also told NBC news “While most people who contract Ebola virus become severely ill, some people have relatively mild infections,” Jacobsen told NBC News. “It is not possible in this case to know whether the infected nurse had a speedy recovery because of early medical interventions or because she happened to be someone with an immune system that allowed her to fight the infection relatively quickly.”