10.28.14: Nurse who had Ebola to be released
ATLANTA (AP) — An Emory University Hospital spokeswoman says a Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola will be released Tuesday.
Emory spokeswoman Holly Korschun told The Associated Press that Amber Vinson will be leaving the hospital Tuesday after a 1 p.m. news conference to make a statement after tests showed she’s virus-free.
Vinson worked as a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola at the hospital.
Vinson’s family announced Oct. 22 that doctors could no longer detect the virus in Vinson’s body.
Vinson was one of two nurses who became infected while caring for Duncan. The other nurse, Nina Pham, was released Oct. 24 from a hospital attached to the National Institutes of Health.
Meanwhile, a nurse who was quarantined at a hospital in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has returned to Maine, where her partner is a student.
An attorney representing Kaci Hickox said Tuesday that she’s at an “undisclosed location.” Her partner’s home in Fort Kent was quiet with no sign of activity.
Maine health officials have announced that she agreed to be quarantined at home. That’s a step beyond what’s required by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that call for monitoring for health care providers who show no symptoms after treating Ebola patients.
Attorney Steve Hyman said he’s working with state health officials in Maine. He said Hickox deserves to be “honored, not detained” for her work in Africa.