Threat Of Ebola Down As Final Patient Is Released
For the first time in nearly 10 weeks, no Ebola patient is being treated for the deadly disease in the United States. According to news CBS news reporting, the doctor being kept in isolation at a New York hospital has been released.
“My recovery from Ebola speaks to the effectiveness of the protocols in place for health staff returning from West Africa at the time of my infection,” says Dr. Craig Spencer, a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders, said in a written statement. “I am a living example of how those protocols work, and of how early detection and isolation is critical to both surviving Ebola and ensuring that it is not transmitted to others.”
According to the World Health Organization, more than 13,200 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported in eight countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, Nigeria, Senegal and the U.S.) since the outbreak in West Africa was officially declared in late March. All but 27 cases have occurred in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, where nearly 5,000 people have died.
Since early August, four American medical workers and a journalist who contracted Ebola — and one doctor who had a suspected case — have been flown from West Africa to the U.S. for treatment. All were cared for at facilities with specialized treatment units and released.
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