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Americans cured of Ebola as outbreak wages on in Africa




Less than a month after being airlifted from Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly will be released from the hospital where he's been treated for Ebola.
Less than a month after being airlifted from Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly will be released from the hospital where he's been treated for Ebola.
Joni Byker/Courtesy of Samaritan's Purse

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Two Americans who were flown to the U.S. after contracting Ebola on an aid mission in Africa have been sent home with a clean bill of health. Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were cured of the virus after receiving the experimental treatment ZMapp.

The spread of Ebola in Africa has been persistent, with over 2,000 infected and over 1,100 dead. While some are concerned about potential movement into the U.S. and Europe due to air travel, experts say the risk of spread outside of Africa is low. A Sacramento resident who was tested for the virus after return from travel in West Africa has been deemed a low risk.

How is the outbreak developing in Africa? What kind of experimental treatment might become available for people who contract Ebola? Are the cured Americans a sign of hope for ZMapp?

Guest:

Dr. Peter Katonah, Clinical Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA