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Ebola in Dallas: October 23

Counting down the days (15) until our fair city is, officially, Ebola-free. Here's what's happening:

The condition of the patients Late yesterday afternoon, Amber Vinson's family announced that she was Ebola-free, meaning that the there was no detectable viral load in her blood. She remains at Emory University Hospital near Atlanta.

Nina Pham remains in good condition at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Her dog Bentley has still shown no signs of Ebola and seems to be in quite the good mood in a recent Dallas Animal Services video.

Hospital experts question the selection of UT-Southwestern and Parkland for potential Ebola care

The Dallas Morning News reports some experts think the facilities selected by the State of Texas to handle any future Ebola cases are poor choices. UT-Southwestern and Parkland have both been cited in the past for violations of proper infectious disease procedure.

21 maps and charts the explain Ebola Vox has some good visual representations of the growing mass of data coming out of the Ebola epidemic.

Potential NYC case A doctor recently returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa was rushed to New York City's Bellevue Hospital Thursday after with stomach pains and a fever. He has been isolated and is awaiting Ebola test results. State health officials are currently tracing his contacts.

Perry's infectious disease task force holds its first public meeting Thursday's meeting focused on how to diagnose and isolate potential Ebola cases quickly. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, was sent home with antibiotics after his first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Finally, here's a chart that shows the rise and fall of the number of people being monitored for Ebola in Dallas

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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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