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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 . Her husband
recently said that she is regaining strength.
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 .
Joy and relief
Brantly was in Liberia for faith-based
charity Samaritan’s Purse, and its
president, Franklin Graham
expressed joy over the doctor’s
release.
“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,” he said.
Writebol’s husband David, who was with her in
Africa, visited her at Emory on Sunday, he said
in a statement. She is recovering, he said.
He stood outside the isolation room, as they
looked at each other through the glass.
“We both placed our hands on opposite sides of
the glass, moved with tears to look at each
other again,” he said.
Experimental medication
For Brantly to leave isolation, two blood tests
done in a two-day period had to come back
negative.
The Ebola virus spreads via direct contact with
bodily fluids, like blood, sweat and feces.
Brantly’s will no longer be infectious.
There is a slight possibility that the virus could
linger for up to three months in his semen ,
according to the World Health Organization.
The virus has no known cure, and left untreated,
infections can be deadly in up to 90% of cases.
Nearly half the patients receiving medical care in
the current outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone,
Nigeria and Guinea are surviving.
Treatment consists of giving fluids, monitoring
vital signs and responding to acute medical
crises. Symptoms include fever, aches, diarrhea
and bleeding. Read more on CNN.

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