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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
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)

(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.

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Ms_Angie
Aug 21, 2014 4:57 PM CDT
I am really glad they are on the road to recovery. I wished we knew whether the experimental drug helped them, or were they healthy enough to beat it with the care they got at the hospital. If the drug did help I hope they are able to produce more to start helping others who have this virus. Good luck to both families. Enjoy time with your loved ones.
baldpirate
Aug 21, 2014 10:31 AM CDT
Have these medical morons really lost what's left of their minds? Have they forgotten what the term "Relapse" means? The drug used on these two patients was experimental and until 2-weeks ago had never been used on humans. They need to be kept locked up under strict quarantine for MONTHS, not less than just 21-days! They need to remember a couple of things, 1) they were infected with the worlds deadliest virus with a kill rate of 60%-95% depending on who you're listening to, 2) they were on deaths doorstep less than 21-days ago, 3) the virus has an incubation period between 10 and 21 days, 4) while they are being "released" to a secluded "facility", they are only being ASKED to withhold contact with their family and friends for 21-days. Awww, a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand won't hurt, there's no contact with mucous membranes there............... What about skin absorption? What about viral mutation? What if it does end up making a "Drift or Shift" change like the flu virus does? http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/viruses/change.htm They are potentially playing with the lives of EVERYONE they come near. I am sorry that I believe they should be treated as mere Guinea Pigs from now on, but they should be lucky and thankful to just be alive. The potential cost to the lives of those around them is just too great ! ! !
Jhon_P
Aug 21, 2014 8:33 AM CDT
" It looks like Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly are two of the lucky ones." . NO, They got treatment, guess they are lucky, being Americans and white, cant get more lucky than that