Great news! The second Texas Health Presbyterian nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating now-deceased patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been cured of the virus, relatives say.
According to MSNBC, the 29-year-old bride-to-be’s family confirmed the good news in a statement issued on Wednesday night.
“We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body,” relatives revealed in the statement.
“Amber is steadily regaining her strength and her spirits are high,” the statement continued. “She has also been approved for transfer from isolation. Amber remains under treatment within Emory’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit. We appreciate everyone for keeping Amber in your thoughts and prayers.”
Sources close to the situation say that doctors declared the nurse to be Ebola free after three consecutive negative blood tests and that hospital officials worked closely with her relatives in the composition of the statement.
“Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition,” said Amber’s mother, Debra Berry, in the 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.”
CDC spokesperson Jim McDonald, however, told Yahoo News that he had not been made aware of Amber’s recovery.
“Healthcare provider will determine by diagnostic whether a patient is free of Ebola virus,” McDonald said in an email. “We have criteria we ask medical staff to meet but the determination is made by medical care provider.”
Due to federal privacy laws, Emory University Hospital spokesperson Janet Christenbury said the hospital could not comment on Amber’s condition.
In other Ebola news, nurse Nina Pham’s condition has also been upgraded to “good condition.” As for NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, he has also been declared Ebola free.