Ebola-stricken nurse Amber Vinson’s condition improves: family friend

The second Dallas nurse to contract Ebola from “patient zero” Thomas Duncan showed improvement over the weekend, a family friend told the Daily News.

Amber Vinson, 29, was transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Wednesday after she spiked a fever last Tuesday, one day after flying home from a trip to visit family in Ohio.

“Amber is fine. She’s in the hospital in Atlanta, and her body is processing food,” family friend James H. Kithcart told The News on Monday.

“Her mom said she’s passing solid waste and has no rash.”

Kithcart said he spoke to Vinson’s mom Debra Berry over the weekend and learned that Amber “was up and walking around in her quarantine area.”

“Her lowest point was Tuesday afternoon,” he said. “The fever really hit her hard and she had a rash from the fever. She was really miserable with her whole body aching. But she has bounced back. There have been a lot of prayers,” Kithcart said.

Officials aren’t sure exactly how Vinson became infected during her treatment of Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Duncan, 42, died in Dallas on Oct. 8 after flying to the U.S. from his home in Liberia to marry his girlfriend.

Vinson, one of several nurses who treated him, flew from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 to plan her own upcoming wedding with her mom in Summit County, officials said. She then flew back Oct. 13.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.