Cuban doctor back home after being cured of Ebola

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Posted: Dec 06, 2014 9:00 PM
Cuban doctor back home after being cured of Ebola

HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban doctor successfully treated for Ebola at a Swiss hospital returned home Saturday and was greeted by his family.

Felix Baez Sarria contracted Ebola while working with a Cuban government medical team in Sierra Leone and was flown to Geneva for treatment Nov. 20.

In a brief meeting with journalists at Havana's international airport, Baez said that he and his colleagues in Africa are committed to fighting the Ebola outbreak.

"I will return there to finish what I started," said the doctor, who was welcomed home by his wife and two sons.

The Geneva University Hospital said Saturday that tests this week showed Baez was cured.

The chief medical officer of Geneva canton (state), Jacques-Andre Romand, said in a statement that "the total recovery of the patient, confirmed by thorough laboratory tests, now allows him to leave the country and travel with no risk of contagion."

Baez was infected when he rushed to help a patient who was falling over.

Cuba has sent more than 250 medical personnel to several countries in West Africa to join in efforts to contain the epidemic.