On the same day that fellow Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas nurse and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patient, Nina Pham was declared Ebola free and released from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., Emory University Hospital in Atlanta gave a status update on 29-year-old Amber Vinson.
“Emory University Hospital physicians, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are pleased to report that Amber Vinson is making good progress in her treatment for Ebola virus infection. Tests no longer detect virus in her blood. She remains within Emory’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit for continued supportive care. We do not have a discharge date at this time,” the statement says.
Vinson arrived at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, after being transported by air ambulance from Dallas, Texas. She is the second of two health care workers infected while caring for a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The CDC and Texas Health Resources specifically requested that Vinson be transferred to Emory Healthcare.
Vinson is being treated in the same isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in which three patients have already been treated. The first two patients were discharged in late August; the third patient was discharged Oct. 19.