American Doctor Recovers From Ebola 08/21 06:33
At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the
Ebola virus in Africa was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a
spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.
ATLANTA (AP) -- At least one of the two American aid workers who were
infected with the Ebola virus in Africa was to be discharged Thursday from an
Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.
Meanwhile, Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference
Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.
Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press
she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but
confirmed it would happen Thursday.
Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, said in a
statement that Brantly has recovered.
"Today I join all of our Samaritan's Purse team around the world in giving
thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly's recovery from Ebola and
release from the hospital," Graham's statement said.
Brantly and Nancy Writebol were flown out of the west African nation of
Liberia earlier this month and have been getting treatment for the deadly
disease in an isolation unit at the hospital. The two were infected while
working at a missionary clinic outside Liberia's capital.
The Ebola outbreak has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.
On Wednesday in Liberia, slum residents clashed with riot police and
soldiers who used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside
the slum in an effort to contain the outbreak.
The World Health Organization said the death toll is rising most quickly in
Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the fatalities. At least 2,473
people have been sickened across West Africa, which is now more than the
caseloads of all the previous two-dozen Ebola outbreaks combined.
Ebola is only spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of sick
people experiencing symptoms.