Dallas nurse cured of Ebola

Natalie Sullivan

Amber Vinson, one of two Dallas nurses infected with Ebola, is free of the virus, according to Bruce Ribner, a doctor at Emory University Hospital.

Vinson was originally diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas about two weeks ago. Vinson was one of the nurses caring for Thomas Duncan, the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the virus. Health officials transferred Vinson to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment and released her from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

At a press conference Tuesday, Ribner said Vinson has completely recovered from the virus.

“We have determined that Ms. Vinson has recovered from her infection with Ebola virus and that she can return to her family, to the community and to her life without any concern about transmitting this virus to another individual,” Ribner said.

Vinson is one of two Dallas nurses who was diagnosed with Ebola after caring for Duncan. The other nurse, Nina Pham, was also declared Ebola-free last Friday.

Ribner said he was not sure why Vinson and Pham recovered relatively quickly from the virus. 

David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, released a statement Tuesday confirming that Vinson was cleared of the virus.

“We are so pleased that [Vinson] has been declared free of Ebola,” the statement said. “Through excellent health care and her own courage, she beat the disease. Based on the clinical and lab findings, people are not at risk of getting the disease from her, and she has been completely cleared. We wish her the best as she transitions back to a normal life, and we welcome her back home to Texas.”

Before being diagnosed with the virus, Vinson boarded Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas. On Oct. 17, the University announced a UT student was also onboard the flight and will not return to campus until Monday.