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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A notice issued by Emory University Hospital in Atlanta stated that Dallas nurse Amber Vinson would be released from medical care on Tuesday afternoon. Vinson has been at the facility since October 15 receiving treatment for the Ebola virus. The hospital said that she is now free of the disease.
Vinson’s family said last week that doctors could no longer detect the virus in her body.
A news conference is planned at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, upon which Vinson will be discharged. She is scheduled to make a statement at the hospital, but will not be answering questions or conducting interviews. A CareFlite aircraft will then transport her away from Atlanta, but it has not been said if Vinson will head to Dallas or Ohio, where she has family.
Vinson is one of two Dallas nurses who contracted the Ebola virus while caring for Thomas Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. The other nurse, Nina Pham, was released from the National Institutes of Health in Maryland last week. Duncan died of Ebola at the hopsital on October 8.
According to medical records, Vinson attended to Duncan on September 30, the day that he tested positive for the Ebola virus. She and Pham were both wearing protective gear — including a hazardous materials suit and face shield — but Duncan’s bodily fluids were highly infectious at the time.
Both of the nurses had originally received treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where they work, prior to being moved to the more experienced medical facilities out of state.
Vinson began showing possible symptoms of the Ebola virus while visiting family in Ohio. The 29-year-old nurse boarded a Frontier Airlines flight back to North Texas with a low-grade fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Medical officials reportedly told her that she was safe to fly, although she was put into isolation in Dallas just a day later.
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