Who Is Amber Vinson, 2nd Nurse With Ebola?

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Amber Joy Vinson is the second American nurse to contract the Ebola virus after treating the first patient who was diagnosed in the United States at a Dallas hospital.

Here’s what we know so far about Vinson, her background, her treatment, the people who may have come in contact with her and precautions being taken.

WHO IS AMBER VINSON?

Amber Joy Vinson, 29, is a nurse who was planning her upcoming wedding before she was diagnosed with Ebola this week.

Vinson is from Akron, Ohio, and has two degrees from Kent State University, where three of her relatives work. She was licensed as a registered nurse in Ohio in 2009 and remains licensed there, records show, though she has since moved to Dallas. She became an R.N. in Texas in 2012.

She wanted to help people. Amber has always been kind and compassionate,” said Diane Sloane Rhynes, whose late brother was married to Vinson’s mother for several years and who considers Vinson her niece.

Vinson had flown from Dallas to Ohio on Oct. 10 to visit her family there and plan her upcoming May wedding, before she returned Oct. 13. Now, she is being treated in isolation for Ebola.

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