Doctor: No health risk from 2 US Ebola patients

Dr. Kent Brantly has recovered and will be discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Courtesy; CBS News

ATLANTA (AP) - A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk.

Officials announced the release of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol on Thursday. Brantly left Emory University Hospital on Thursday. Writebol left Tuesday. Family and officials say they're free of the virus. Writebol's husband says she left privately in a weakened condition to recuperate at an undisclosed location.

They were at the hospital nearly three weeks.

Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of the infectious disease unit at the hospital, said at a news conference that their release did not pose a public health risk.

At the news conference, Brantly said it is "a miraculous day."

Meanwhile, officials from the World Health Organization are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighborhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak.

After clashes between protesters and security forces in the sealed-off slum of West Point, calm returned today. A nationwide nighttime curfew appears to have been put in place without major incident.

Ebola has killed more than 1,300 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. The disease is spreading fastest in Liberia.

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