ATLANTA -- NBC News confirmed Dr. Brantly received a second dose of experimental treatment since his arrival at Emory and has improved. His fever has decreased and there's also an improvement in other symptoms.
NBC News also learned there have been 22 inquires about suspected Ebola cases in the United States as of last week. Only four met the requirements for testing. Two of those patients tested positive for malaria, one for the flu, and results on the fourth case are still pending.
Samaritan's Purse, the aid organization Brantly was working in Liberia when he contracted the Ebola virus released a statement Sunday saying,
We praise God for the news that Kent's condition is improving. We can confirm that Kent was able to receive a dose of the experimental serum prior to leaving Liberia. Please continue to pray for Kent, the people of Liberia, and all those who are serving there in Jesus' Name.
There is no treatment for Ebola, only the symptoms.
Brantly's wife Amber released her own statement saying,
Our family is rejoicing over Kent's safe arrival, and we are confident that he is receiving the very best care. We are very grateful to the staff at Emory University Hospital, who have been so nice and welcoming to us. I was able to see Kent today. He is in good spirits. He thanked everyone for their prayers and asked for continued prayer for Nancy Writebol's safe return and full recovery.
Brantly and Writebol were working at the same hospital when both contracted the Ebola virus. Whitebol is due to be brought to Emory in 24 to 48 hours.
Just after noon on Saturday, 11Alive's helicopter showed Brantly, 33, walking slowly into Emory. The fact that he was able to walk on his own was surprising and encouraging for doctors who deal with infectious disease.
"I think it is absolutely remarkable. It bodes well for his progress. I was expecting him to be on life support or a stretcher or a gurney. To see him stand and walk is a good sign," said Dr. Mitchell Blass, Georgia Infectious Diseases.
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