Two American missionaries who fell ill with the dangerous Ebola virus while working in Liberia are doing better and have been released from an Atlanta hospital, doctors said yesterday, raising hopes around the world and especially West Africa, that a cure may be found for the disease. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 60, both Christian aid workers, were infected with Ebola in Monrovia last month as the largest outbreak in history swept West Africa. They were airlifted to Emory University Hospital for treatment three weeks ago.
“The discharge from the hospital of both patients poses no public health threat,” AFP quoted Bruce Ribner, Director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit in Atlanta as stating. “This is a fairly devastating disease, but we would anticipate that in general most patients, if they have not had any substantial organ damage, will make a complete recovery.”

Writebol was released on Tuesday, and did not appear at a press conference with Brantly. Her release was not announced earlier this week because she had requested privacy and did not want details of her medical condition to be made public, doctors said. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family,” Brantly said, looking thin but otherwise healthy as he smiled and held hands with his wife. “I am incredibly thankful to all of those who were involved in my care, from the first day of my illness all the way up to today — the day of my release from Emory.”

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