An unidentified Ebola patient who had been treated at an Atlanta hospital since early September was discharged Sunday after he was found "free of the virus"—and doctors in Nebraska hope to release an NBC News freelancer who also had Ebola later this week.
The Atlanta patient is a World Health Organization doctor who had contracted the often-deadly disease in Africa. He arrived at Emory University Hospital on Sept. 9.
"The patient was determined to be free of virus and to pose no public health threat," Emory Health News said in a statement Monday. "The patient has asked to remain anonymous and left the hospital for an undisclosed location. He will make a statement at a later date."
Two other patients who were treated for Ebola virus disease were discharged from the hospital on August 19 and August 21."
Those other patients were Dr. Keith Brantly and Nancy Writebol.
The WHO doctor was joined in the the Serious Communicable Disease Unit last week by Amber Joy Vinson, a Dallas hospital nurse who recently was diagnosed with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who died of the disease on Oct. 8.
On Monday, Monday a doctor at the Nebraska hospital where a freelance NBC News cameraman is being treated for Ebola said the journalist, Ashoka Mukpo, is doing quite well.
Dr. Mark Rupp also said that doctors hope to have him home within a few days, perhaps later this week, but added that physicians are taking it day-by-day
Rupp said that doctors are waiting for tests to show that Mukpo is clear of the virus.
Earlier Monday, several dozen people who were being actively monitored in Dallas for Ebola are no longer at risk of developing the virus, officials announced Monday.
But several school staffers and students in Oklahoma were being kept out of school because they were on a cruise with a woman who had handled medical samples from an Ebola victim.
Those developments came as more than 200 other people remain monitored for Ebola after having contact or potential contact with three people in the U.S. diagnosed with the virus, and as federal health officials moved to change guidelines for how health-care workers protect themselves from Ebola when treating patients.