Researcher is healthy, leaves isolation

March 04, 2004

A Fort Detrick researcher who officials feared might have been accidentally infected with the Ebola virus left the Army's quarantine unit yesterday, healthy and relieved to be free after nearly three weeks in enforced isolation.

"She was very happy to get out, and she expressed her gratitude to everyone who supported her containment care," said Chuck Dasey, an Army spokesman. At the researcher's request, her name has not been released.

The researcher, a virologist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, grazed her hand with a needle Feb. 11 while inoculating Ebola-infected mice. She was the first person to be quarantined in the "slammer" since 1985.

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