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Two patients who contracted Ebola discharged from Emory University Hospital

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Emory University Hospital confirmed today that Nancy Writebol was discharged from the hospital on Aug. 19. Writebol is one of two patients who have been treated for Ebola virus infection at Emory University Hospital’s infectious disease unit. The second patient, Kent Brantly, MD, is being discharged today (Aug. 21), according to a news release.

“After a rigorous and successful course of treatment and testing, the Emory Healthcare team has determined that both patients have recovered from the Ebola virus and can return to their families and community without concern for spreading this infection to others,” Bruce Ribner, MD, director of Emory’s infectious disease unit, said in the release.

Criteria for the patients’ discharges were based on blood and urine diagnostic tests and standard infectious disease protocols. The Emory medical team has maintained its extensive safety procedures throughout this treatment process and is confident that the discharge of these patients poses no public health threat.

“The Emory Healthcare team is extremely pleased with Dr. Brantly’s and Mrs. Writebol’s recovery, and was inspired by their spirit and strength, as well as by the steadfast support of their families,” Ribner said in the release.

According to the release, the healthcare professionals who cared for Brantly and Writebol trained for years to treat and contain the most dangerous infectious diseases in the world.

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