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American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

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Posted: Aug 22, 2014 3:51 AM by Kathleen Foody
Updated: Aug 22, 2014 3:51 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: doctor, Ebola, Africa, virus, Liberia, epidemic

ATLANTA, GA - An American doctor who was released from an Atlanta hospital after surviving the Ebola virus says he's glad for any attention his situation brought to African countries fighting an epidemic.

Dr. Kent Brantly spoke to reporters briefly Thursday after spending three weeks in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. He called for more resources in the ongoing Ebola epidemic and requested prayers for the sick.

Brantly was working in Liberia when he became infected with Ebola, along with American aid worker Nancy Writebol. She was quietly released Tuesday.

Doctors say both could return to their medical work and expect them to be immune to one type of Ebola virus. They said the two pose no public health threat, and no one should fear being in contact with them.

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