Doctor: No health risk from 2 US Ebola patients

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Updated: 8/21 3:07 pm
UPDATE: 9:04 a.m.
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."


UPDATE (MyNews4.com & KRNV) – There are new developments this morning surrounding the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Dr. Kent Brantly, the patient being treated for contracting Ebola in West Africa, was released from Emory University Hospital this morning at 11AM Eastern Time. He is set to make a statement before returning home.

His co-worker who is also being treated has been released from the isolation unit, but it is not clear whether she will also leave the facility.

Meanwhile, the patient at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in South Sacramento is waiting for test results to see if they have contracted the Ebola virus. The California Department of Public Health reports there are no confirmed cases in the state.

As of now, Health Department Officials say they are taking measures to protect staff. According to them, the results of samples have been sent to the CDC and they should have answers within the next several days.

UPDATE (MyNews4.com & KRNV) – New information has been released from Emory University Hospital. The second American Worker with Ebola has been released from the Atlanta hospital.
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