American Ebola patient now in good condition

American Ebola patient now in good condition
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The American health worker undergoing treatment for Ebola has been upgraded to good condition, the National Institutes of Health announced Tuesday.

The latest improvement to the patient’s condition is more good news for the NIH, which has been treating the patient for the lethal disease since March 13.

Just weeks ago, the patient, who became infected while volunteering in Sierra Leone, had been in critical condition.

Over the last month, the patient’s condition has gradually improved with the help of an experienced team of doctors, which includes Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

A total of 10 people have previously been treated for Ebola in the United States; eight recovered from the disease.  

The patient, whose identity has not been disclosed, had been volunteering in Sierra Leone with a Boston-based charity called Partners in Health.

More than 25,000 people have been infected with Ebola in three West African countries: Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Nearly 11,000 people have died, according to data from the World Health Organization.