British Ebola Patient Released From the Hospital

British Ebola Patient Released From the Hospital
British Ebola Patient Released From the Hospital

(HealthDay News) — A British man infected with Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa has fully recovered and been released from the hospital.

William Pooley, 29, was given the experimental drug ZMapp and treated in a special isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London, BBC News reported.

Pooley – the first British person to contract the deadly virus – was infected while working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone. The Royal Air Force flew him back to the United Kingdom on August 24.

"He is not infectious to anyone else now. The virus is cleared from the body, and there is no risk to the wider community in any way," said Michael Jacobs, MBBS, an infectious diseases consultant at the hospital, BBC News reported. Chemical decontamination is underway in the isolation unit where Pooley was treated, Jacobs added.

Health Highlights: Sept. 3, 2014