Second U.S. nurse with Ebola to be released from hospital

October 29, 2014 9:23 am 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 — A second U.S. nurse diagnosed with Ebola while caring for a patient from Liberia is now free of the disease and will leave Emory University Hospital in Atlanta soon, the hospital said Tuesday.

"We are happy to report that Amber Vinson, who arrived at Emory University Hospital on Oct. 15th, will be discharged today and is free of Ebola virus," the hospital said in a statement.

Vinson, 29, is expected to speak at a press conference at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT), the statement said.

Vinson and her fellow nurse Nina Pham contracted the virus while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian who died on Oct. 8, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Pham, 26, was later transferred to a hospital at the U.S. National Institutes of Health for treatment. She was released from the hospital on Friday after being declared free of the virus.

Of the nine people who have been treated for Ebola in the United States, seven recovered and only Duncan died of the virus.

A doctor, who recently returned to New York City after treating Ebola patients in West Africa and tested positive for the virus on Thursday, is the only person in the country to remain in the hospital for treatment. (PNA/Xinhua)

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