American with Ebola released from U.S. hospital, aid group says

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Posted: Apr 09, 2015 5:11 PM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. healthcare worker who was being treated for Ebola at a National Institutes of Health hospital in Maryland has been declared free of the virus and was released from the hospital on Thursday, according to the U.S. aid agency Partners In Health.

The health worker, whose name will not be released, was admitted to the NIH facility on March 13. He contracted Ebola while working for Partners In Health in Sierra Leone.

According to the group, their colleague was declared Ebola-free after two consecutive negative tests, and has been declared no longer contagious and able to return home.

The NIH confirmed the release, saying the patient was no longer contagious and was discharged in good condition. In a statement, the NIH said it would provide no additional information on the healthcare worker.

Sheila Davis, chief of Ebola response for Boston-based Partners In Health, said the group is "heartened by the news that our colleague is heading home, free of Ebola, and making his way toward a full recovery."

The group said additional Partners In Health workers who were transported to the United States for monitoring after being in contact with their stricken colleague were cleared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities last week and released.

None were infected with Ebola.

(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen; Editing by Toni Reinhold)