American Ebola Patients to Be Released Today

Blood test reportedly comes back negative for Kent Brantly

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2014 6:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – It looks like Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly are two of the lucky ones. The American Ebola patients, who contracted the virus in Liberia, will be released from Emory University Hospital today after weeks of treatment, ABC News reports. NBC News, however, says Writebol may only be released from the hospital's isolation unit and not the hospital itself. A blood test from Brantly showed no sign of the virus, CNN notes, adding two blood tests over two days must come back negative in order for a patient to be cleared. Brantly is expected to speak at a press conference this morning.

Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker from North Carolina who was infected with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, arrives at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker from North Carolina who was infected with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, arrives at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Journal & Constitution, John Spink)
Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, are seen in an undated photo provided by Samaritan's Purse.
Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, are seen in an undated photo provided by Samaritan's Purse.   (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)
This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia.
This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeremy Writebol)
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