Second US doctor cured of Ebola

A second American doctor infected with Ebola has successfully fought off the virus, he announced Thursday.

Rick Sacra, who worked at a medical clinic in Liberia, has been released from the Nebraska Medical Center about three weeks after he was brought to the U.S. for treatment.


"The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has declared me safe and free of the virus, thank God. I love you all," Sacra told reporters Thursday.

Within a week of his diagnosis, Sacra had received a blood transfusion from Kent Brantly, the first U.S. doctor to survive the disease. Sacra was also treated with electrolytes and IV fluids, as well as an experimental drug called TKM-Ebola.

"I never felt that I was not going to make it. The care was so excellent, so speedy and so prompt, and I'm really thanking God for that," Sacra said.

The success of TKM-Ebola is a positive sign for healthcare workers who have sought to make the drug available in parts of West Africa where Ebola has killed thousands. The drug was approved by the Federal Drug Administration for wider use this week.

Since his recovery in Atlanta, Brantly has urged the U.S. government to mobilize more resources after he said his pleas for help "fell on deaf ears." He has met with President Obama at the White House and testified twice before Congress in the last two weeks.

The U.S. has since committed more than $1 billion to fight the disease, which has been largely contained in several countries though it remains uncontrolled.

Sacra said he is still "very, very weak," but gradually improving his physical strength with an exercise bike given to him by his doctors.

"Now I'm up to five minutes on that exercise bike," he said.