Ebola-infected nurse arrives in Atlanta for treatment
The second nurse from Dallas to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus after treating a Liberian man who died from the virus last week has been moved to a special facility at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Amber Vinson, a 29-year-old nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, was diagnosed with Ebola a day after fellow nurse, 26-year-old Nina Pham, was listed in “good condition.”
An ambulance which is believed to have been carrying Vinson left the Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday afternoon in order to transport the patient to a medical evacuation jet at Dallas Love Field. The person driving the ambulance appeared to be wearing special protective gear.
During a recent teleconference, the CDC said that Vinson is “ill but clinically stable.” She was transported to a special facility at Emory University Hospital yesterday evening after the jet landed at an airport in Atlanta. Dressed in a yellow protective suit, Vinson walked from the jet to a nearby ambulance, escorted by two medical workers in hazmat uniforms.
“We are sensitive to the demands being placed on our caregivers, who are working intensively to provide quality care to all patients, and we will provide new information as decisions are made,” Texas Health Resources said in a statement on its website earlier in the day.
“I want everyone to be thinking of and praying for the two health-care workers,” said President Barack Obama. We are reviewing every step of what’s happened. We want a SWAT team, essentially, from CDC to be on the ground as soon as possible when someone is diagnosed with Ebola.”
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