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British nurse leaves hospital after recovering from Ebola

British nurse leaves hospital after recovering from Ebola
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A British nurse who recovered from Ebola after being given the experimental drug Zmapp has left hospital in London.

William Pooley, 29, told reporters at a news conference he thought he had been fortunate.

“I was very lucky in several ways,” he said. “Firstly in the standard of care that I received, which is a world apart from what people are receiving in West Africa at the moment despite lot of organisations’ best efforts.

“The other difference to a lot of Ebola cases (is) that my symptoms never progressed to the worst stages of the disease. I had some unpleasant symptoms but nothing compared to some of the worst of the disease.”

The volunteer nurse was flown back to Britain on August 24 from Sierra Leone where he had been working.

“Following 10 days of successful treatment in the high level isolation unit – the only one in the UK – Mr Pooley is being discharged from the Royal Free Hospital today,” the hospital said in a statement on its website.

Two Americans who were given Zmapp also recovered.

Governments and aid organisations have scrambled to contain the disease, which according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) has killed more than 1,500 in West Africa since March.