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Ebola patient Brantly is released from a special clinic
Dr. Kent Brantly has apparently survived the Ebola infection and is allowed to leave the Emory special clinic where he has been treated for a few weeks. The American doctor had contracted a virus in Liberia while working for the non-governmental organization “Samaritan's Purse” there. Missionary Nancy Writebol, who is also suffering from Ebola, is also doing better, according to the information.
All Brantly's blood tests on Ebola are negative After Brantly's condition has been very critical in recent weeks, a clinic spokesman, Vince Dollard, has given the all-clear today, as CNN reports. The medical release was announced at a press conference. All blood tests on Ebola were negative, so the 33-year-old was no longer considered contagious. Writebol was also released as cured on Tuesday, but initially did not want to face the public. Both had received an experimental drug for the infection.
Franklin Graham, the president of the non-governmental organization "Samaritan's Purse", for which Brantly worked in Liberia, praised the bravery and bravery of the doctor. "Today, on behalf of all Samaritan's Purse units around the world, I want to thank God that Dr. Kent Brantly survived Ebola and was discharged from the hospital, ”said Graham. "I know Dr. Brantly and his wonderful family would ask you today to think of those who still fight Ebola in Africa - be it that they are infected with the virus or are those who treat it. "The organization will become more helpers to the currently 350 employees in Liberia.
"Nancy now belongs to the small but growing group of people who have survived Ebola," quotes the online edition of "Die Welt" Writebol's man. "But because she is marked by the disease and still very weak, we had decided to leave the hospital alone. "
Effectiveness of experimental drugs against Ebola unclear The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now cost more than 1,300 lives. An end to the epidemic is not in sight, because drugs to treat the virus are rare. The World Health Organization (WHO) had therefore also advocated the use of active ingredients that had hardly been tested. Currently, however, only ten to twelve doses of the US test serum ZMapp are available, according to the WHO. So far there is no approved remedy. The mortality rate at Ebola is between 50 and 90 percent.
Great hopes are placed in ZMapp, although its effectiveness has not been clearly demonstrated. So it is unclear whether Brantly was actually cured by the Ebola drug. In addition to the remedy, the sick doctor received a blood transfusion from a 14-year-old who had also been cured of the infection before leaving for the United States. In addition, Brantly's immune system may have been strengthened by the treatment in the special clinic, so that the Ebola virus could be fought better. (ag)
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