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Family of nurse Amber Vinson says she is free of Ebola virus

Amber Vinson, the 29-year-old nurse who contracted the Ebola virus while aiding Thomas Eric Duncan in a Dallas hospital, no longer has Ebola, her family said Wednesday.

Hours after Vinson's mother, Debra Berry, spoke with her daughter, the family released a statement, saying, "We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] are no longer able to detect virus in her body."

While Vinson has been cleared to move out of isolation, she is still being treated in a unit for serious communicable diseases, and she does not have a release date set. Vinson developed a high fever Oct. 14, a week after Duncan died at Texas Health Presbyterian and two days after fellow nurse Nina Pham tested positive for the virus.