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Two US aid workers make full recovery from Ebola

Two US aid workers have made a full recovery after contracting the deadly Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia.

Dr Kent Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol have now been discharged from Emory University Hospital after contracting the disease while working in Liberia.

ITV News correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:

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Irish health service tests body of traveller for Ebola

The body of a person who died after returning to Ireland from Africa recently is being tested for the Ebola virus by the country's health service.

The Health Service Executive for Irelands said in a statement that the remains of a person were discovered early this morning, who had recently travelled to one of the West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak.

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New Ebola drugs under review at world health summit

Potential treatments and vaccines for the deadly Ebola virus will be discussed at meetings between world health experts in Geneva next month.

The World Health Organisation said the talks, on September 4 and 5, will review the safety and efficacy of various experimental therapies, as well as ways to speed up clinical trials and production.

New Ebola advice drawn up after US workers' recovery

Doctors are developing guidelines to help medical staff in Africa treat Ebola patients, based on their findings from two US workers who have recovered from the virus.

Dr Kent Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol have now been discharged from Emory University Hospital after contracting the disease while working in Liberia.

Dr Bruce Ribner, from the hospital's infectious disease unit
Dr Bruce Ribner, from the hospital's infectious disease unit Credit: AP Direct

Dr Bruce Ribner, from the hospital's infectious disease unit, said they had measured their recovery by an absence of the virus in blood tests, and their symptoms had improved for two to three consecutive days.

We did learn a number of things in terms of fluid and electrolyte replacement and blood clotting abnormalities which frankly our colleagues in Africa don't have the capability to detect.

We are in the process of developing several guidelines which will be disseminated to the practitioners in Africa saying 'even if you can't measure this, this is something we have found and there are things you can do to try to improve outcomes in your patients.'

– Dr Bruce Ribner, Emory University Hospital

Ebola survivor doctor calls for action over outbreak

The US doctor who has survived the deadly Ebola virus has called for continuing support for people affected - and urged those in charge to do "everything possible" to tackle the outbreak in West Africa.

Dr Kent Brantly was discharged today, and said his family will be going away to 'reconnect and recover' physically and emotionally after spending more than a month apart while he underwent intensive treatment.

Dr Kent Brantly has been released from hospital
Dr Kent Brantly has been released from hospital Credit: AP Direct

In a statement at Emory University Hospital, he thanked charity Samaritans Purse, the doctors and staff at the hospital and everyone who sent their support while he battled the disease.

I'm glad for any attention my sickness has attracted to the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic.

Please continue to pray for Liberia, and the people of West Africa, and encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.

– Dr Kent Brantly, Ebola survivor

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Ebola recovery doctor 'thrilled to be alive'

The doctor who was flown to the US to be treated for Ebola after contracting the disease while working in Liberia has thanked his friends and family for their support.

Dr Kent Brantly, who was serving with Samaritan's Purse at the time, said his prayers had been answered.

Dr Kent Brantly has been released from hospital
Dr Kent Brantly has been released from hospital Credit: AP Direct

I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family.

I cannot thank you enough for your prayers and your support.

– Dr Kent Brantly

He moved to Liberia with his family in October last year.

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.

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.

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