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Ebola-hit US doctor can return home to his family

The US doctor who was airlifted back to America after contracting the Ebola virus in West Africa is returning home to his family, health chiefs have said.

Dr Bruce Ribner, from Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit, said Dr Kent Brantly was being discharged after a rigorous course of treatment and testing.

It comes after aid worker Nancy Writebol was previously discharged.

He has recovered from the Ebola virus, and can return to his family, to his community and to his life without public health concern. We are tremendously pleased with Dr Brantly and Ms Writebol's recovery. All of us who worked with them have been impressed by their courage and determination. Their hope and faith have been an inspiration to all of us.

– Dr Bruce Ribner, Emory University Hospital

Dr Ribner said flying the pair back to the US had been the "right decision", and said he hoped what they had learned would contribute to tackling the epidemic in West Africa.

US aid worker discharged after recovering from Ebola

US aid worker Nancy Writebol has been discharged from Emory University Hospital after recovering from Ebola, health chiefs have said.

Nancy Writebol has now been released from hospital in Atlanta.
Nancy Writebol has now been released from hospital in Atlanta. Credit: Family handout.

The 59-year-old had contracted the disease while working as a missionary in the West African country of Liberia during the recent outbreak of the deadly virus.

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South Africa bans travel from Ebola-hit countries

South Africa has closed its borders to all non-citizens travelling from countries hit by Ebola, the government has announced.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said non-South Africans will be denied entry to those travelling from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

South African citizens will be able to enter the country, but will have to go through a stringent screening programme.

US doctor treated for Ebola is released from hospital

US doctor Kent Brantly has been released from hospital after being treated for Ebola with an experimental drug.
US doctor Kent Brantly has been released from hospital after being treated for Ebola with an experimental drug. Credit: Samaritan's Purse

The US doctor who was airlifted back to America after contracting the Ebola virus in West Africa has been released from hospital, his charity the Samaritan's Purse confirmed today.

Read: US doctor fighting Ebola writes from hospital bed

Dr Kent Brantly contracted Ebola earlier this month after flying to Liberia to treat patients with the disease.

He was treated with ZMapp, a trial drug used on a handful of patients in the outbreak, and flown to the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

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Liberia residents clash with police over Ebola quarantine

Liberia security forces dressed in riot gear control a crowd of people in the West Point area.
Liberia security forces dressed in riot gear control a crowd of people in the West Point area. Credit: Reuters

Residents in Liberia have clashed with security forces over the government's attempts to enforce a quarantine on a West Point neighbourhood in the capital Monrovia in a bid to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

At least four people were injured after police fired live rounds and teargas yesterday.

Liberian security forces stand in front of protesters after clashes at West Point neighbourhood in Monrovia.
Liberian security forces stand in front of protesters after clashes at West Point neighbourhood in Monrovia. Credit: Reuters

Liberia denies 'shoot to kill' after unrest over Ebola

Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside a Liberian shanty town on Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.

Hundreds of residents clashed with the gunmen, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets.

Speaking in the Liberian capital Monrovia, Brownie Samukai, Liberia's Minister of National Defence, said the "Armed Forces of Liberia has not been issued any orders of shoot to kill".

Lord Falconer: Suicide tourism 'only allowed for the rich'

Lord Falconer pictured ahead of a debate in to assisted dying.
Lord Falconer pictured ahead of a debate in to assisted dying this year. Credit: PA

Introducing the Assisted Dying Bill in the UK would not lead to more death but to less suffering, Lord Falconer said during a debate in the House of Lords, as figures released showed that the number of of people travelling to Switzerland to take their own lives had doubled in four years.

The current situation leaves the rich able to go to Switzerland, the majority reliant on amateur assistance, the compassionate treated like criminals.

It is time for a change in the law but only a very limited and safeguarded change.

– Lord Falconer
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