A Dallas nurse who is being treated for the deadly Ebola virus got some good news Wednesday, when blood tests returned negative for the virus that has killed more than 4,800 people worldwide, her family said.
The test results don’t mean that Amber Vinson, 29, is leaving Emory University Hospital in Atlanta anytime soon, or that she is Ebola-free, a source with knowledge of her case told NBC News.
“Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition," Vinson’s mother, Debra Berry, said in a statement. “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."
Emory University Hospital declined to comment.
Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola on Oct. 15, a week after the patient she cared for, Thomas Eric Duncan died from the disease at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Another nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after caring for Duncan, Nina Pham, is being treated at a National Institutes of Health medical center and is in good condition, the NIH said.
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