Hospital to discuss discharge of Ebola patients

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss their discharge while an aid group said one of them has recovered.

A news release from Emory University Hospital did not say when the two would be discharged or if it had already happened. A spokeswoman said more details would be given at the Thursday morning news conference.

Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who one of the aid workers had been working for, said in a statement that Dr. Kent 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.

Ebola is only spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of sick people experiencing symptoms.


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