TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Americans recovering from Ebola infection released from hospital

Two American citizens infected with the Ebola virus who were flown to Atlanta for treatment were recently released by doctors.

Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, both of whom contracted the virus during humanitarian work in Africa, were discharged from Emory University hospital in Atlanta after receiving an experimental serum that has not yet been approved for use in treating the disease, The Guardian reports.

The Centers for Disease Control said there is no public health concern associated with the patients' release because they have been tested to ensure they are no longer infected. Individuals who recover from the disease are not contagious.

According to the CDC, the disease is stigmatized in many African communities, which are hesitant to allow a person to return after surviving the disease out of fear it could spread to others.

The outbreak has affected four countries, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, claiming the lives of more than 1,300 people out of more than 2,200 confirmed cases.

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization said experimental drugs may be ethically used to treat or prevent Ebola cases, adding, however, that there is a "moral duty" to study the treatments in clinical trials to prove their safety or provide evidence to stop their use.