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October 22, 2014

Good News: Family of Second Infected Nurse, Amber Vinson, Says Her Ebola Count is So Low As to Be Undetectable


This CNN story discusses why some people live and others die. Apparently it's very important to get diagnosed early, and begin a course of hydration.

Another thing that helps is to get transfused with antibodies in the plasma of an ebola survivor.

And that's how Dr. Kent Brantly -- one of the missionaries who caught ebola a couple of months ago -- is still saving people from ebola.

Three Ebola patients -- Sacra, NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo and Texas nurse Nina Pham -- all received plasma donations from Brantly. And all three have survived.


The theory is that Brantly's plasma contains the antibodies necessary to fight the virus.

"It's very fortunate that the three patients I've been able to donate to, they and I share the same blood type," Brantly told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

"I'll keep doing it as much as it's needed, as much as I can."

There was some controversy about why Brantly didn't give plasma to Duncan. But the problem came down to blood type, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said.

Nina Pham was recently upgraded to "good" condition, though she's still fighting the disease.

Nina Pham's dog, Bentley, apparently doesn't have ebola. So that's good news too.


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