Two American Ebola Patients Released from Hospital

Updated: 08/21/2014 11:35 AM
Created: 08/21/2014 11:33 AM

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."

Meanwhile, officials from the World Health Organization are visiting treatment centers in Monrovia struggling to keep up with the influx of Ebola patients. Ebola has killed more than 1,300 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. It is spreading fastest in Liberia.

Left to right: Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly