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Nurse who had Ebola to be released from hospital

28 October 2014, 19:31

Atlanta - A nurse being treated for Ebola will leave the hospital Tuesday after tests showed she's virus-free, while another nurse quarantined against her will after treating patients in West Africa has returned to her home state.

Emory University Hospital spokeswoman Holly Korschun said Amber Vinson, who cared for the Liberian man who died of Ebola in the U.S. on Oct. 8, would be discharged following a 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) news conference.

Vinson, 29, was one of two nurses who became infected while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

The other infected nurse, Nina Pham, was released Oct. 24 from a hospital attached to the National Institutes of Health near Washington.

Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders volunteer Kaci Hickox, has traveled to an "undisclosed location," in her home state of Maine, according to Steve Hyman, one of her lawyers.

Also read: 82 being monitored for Ebola in Mali – WHO

Hickox spent the weekend in a quarantine tent in New Jersey upon returning from West Africa despite testing negative for Ebola and having no symptoms other than a slightly elevated temperature she blamed on "inhumane" treatment at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Maine health officials announced that Hickox will be quarantined at home for 21 days after the last possible exposure to the disease under the state's health protocols.

But Hyman, said he expected her to remain in seclusion for the "next day or so" while he works with Maine health officials.

Hyman said the state should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that require only monitoring, not quarantine, for health care workers who show no symptoms after treating Ebola patients.

"She's a very good person who did very good work and deserves to be honored, not detained, for it," he said.

Hickox was the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine for people arriving at Newark Liberty from three West African countries.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were sharply criticized for ordering mandatory quarantines. But Christie said Monday that his priority is protecting the health of people in his state.

- AP


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