Appearing thin but smiling, a doctor who weeks ago entered an Atlanta hospital in a full-body biohazard suit to be treated for Ebola said on Thursday he was “thrilled to be alive” as doctors declared him virus-free and safe for release.

“Today is a miraculous day,” said Kent Brantly, the 33-year-old medical missionary who had been working in Liberia. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.”

Brantly and another doctor, who was released two days ago virus-free, received an experimental therapy called ZMapp, a cocktail of antibodies made by tiny California biotech company, but health experts cautioned against declaring the drug a medical breakthrough based on two patients.

About 50 percent of people survive Ebola anyway, even under poor medical conditions.

(READ the story in Reuters)

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