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Doctors can no longer detect Ebola virus in Texas nurse Amber Vinson, family says

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Amber Vinson in Emory Hospital (Photo Credit: Family of Amber Vinson via FOX8/Cleveland)

ATLANTA (CNN) — Doctors say Texas nurse Amber Vinson, who is being treated for Ebola at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, can no longer detect the virus in her body, her family said Wednesday.

Vinson, who cared for the hospitalized patient in Dallas who died from the virus, was diagnosed with Ebola after she took a trip to Ohio and returned to Dallas.

Vinson’s mother, Debra Berry, said her daughter is steadily regaining her strength and her spirits are high. Doctors said she will be transferred from isolation, and her family is “ecstatic,” Berry said.

The full statement released by the family Wednesday reads:

“Amber’s mother, Debra Berry, spoke to her just a few hours ago. Amber is steadily regaining her strength and her spirits are high. We are overjoyed to announce 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. She has also been approved for transfer from isolation. Amber remains under treatment within Emory’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit. 

Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition,” Mrs. 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 is committed to continuing to work closely with the doctors at Emory and following their guidance until she has fully recovered. She and our family would like to thank the entire team at Emory, as well as Amber’s colleagues at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas for their continued support throughout her treatment.

 We appreciate everyone for keeping Amber in your thoughts and prayers.”

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