First French Ebola patient leaves hospital


Volunteer nurse who caught the disease while working for a charity in Liberia made a full recovery after experimental treatment.

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A volunteer nurse who was the first French national to contract Ebola has left hospital after being successfully treated for the disease, France's health ministry said on Saturday, reports Reuters.

The volunteer caught the disease while working for charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in Liberia and was evacuated to France last month.

The woman was admitted to a military hospital just outside Paris and received an experimental treatment after the authorities approved the use of drugs currently under development to treat Ebola.

"She received several experimental treatments successively," health minister Marisol Touraine told France Info radio, declining to disclose which drugs were used.

"When you have several treatments being used, it is difficult to know if it is one of them that worked or the combination of them," she added.

Drug companies and governments have been trying to find effective treatments and a potential vaccine in response to the worst outbreak on record of Ebola, which has killed more than 3,400 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the World Health Organisation.

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