Hospital to discuss discharge of Ebola patients

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ATLANTA (AP) — The charity an American doctor infected with Ebola works for says he’s now recovered from the virus and will be released today from an Atlanta hospital.

Dr. Kent Brantly of Fort Worth and colleague Nancy Writebol were flown out of the West African nation of Liberia earlier this month and have been getting treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The hospital will hold a news conference later this morning to discuss the release of both health care workers.

The Ebola outbreak has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.

On Thursday in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, calm set in one day after residents in a slum that was sealed off in an effort to contain the outbreak clashed with riot police and soldiers. World Health Organization officials were visiting two hospitals that are treating Ebola patients and struggling to keep up with the influx of patients.

The death toll is rising most quickly in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the fatalities, the WHO said. At least 2,473 people have been sickened across West Africa — more than the caseloads of all the previous two-dozen Ebola outbreaks combined.

Ebola is only spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of sick people experiencing symptoms.

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