DOCTOR: No Health Risk From 2 US Ebola Patients

By: CNN
By: CNN

ATLANTA (AP) - A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk.

Officials announced the release of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol on Thursday. Brantly left Emory University Hospital on Thursday. Writebol left Tuesday. Family and officials say they're free of the virus. Writebol's husband says she left privately in a weakened condition to recuperate at an undisclosed location.

They were at the hospital nearly three weeks.

Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of the infectious disease unit at the hospital, said at a news conference that their release did not pose a public health risk.

At the news conference, Brantly said it is "a miraculous day."

The husband of Nancy Writebol, a second American aid worker released after being treated at an Atlanta hospital for the Ebola virus, says she is resting and recuperating at an undisclosed location.

David Writebol says his 59-year-old wife decided it would be best to leave the hospital "privately." An Emory University doctor said during a news conference Thursday that she left the hospital Tuesday.

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(CNN) -- Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa while helping fight its largest outbreak in recorded history, will be released from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital on Thursday, spokesman Vince Dollard said.

His blood tests have come back negative for the virus.

The hospital will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET, where Brantly will give a statement before leaving the hospital.

Emory will also have information on fellow missionary Nancy Writebol. Both of them were evacuated from Liberia earlier this month in a plane specially equipped with an isolation tent and accompanied by medical staff outfitted in head-to-foot protective clothing.

The plane was able to take only one patient at a time and made two trips to get them both.

The two Americans were taken to an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital, where Writebol was also treated.

Both patients were able to walk when they arrived, stepping out of the ambulance on foot, dressed in biohazard suits.


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